Classic Stories of World War I
With contributions from 20 authors who lived through the Great War, the excerpts and short stories in this collection include Edith Wharton’s account of soldiers coming home laden with stories and trauma, Joseph Conrad’s tale of guilt and responsibility aboard a naval vessel, and Ernest Hemingway’s troubling snapshot of life in a soldier’s rehabilitation unit in Milan.
A King’s Commander
An Alan Lewrie Naval Adventure
When Captain Horatio Nelson countermands orders and pursues an enemy division, the rakish Captain Lewrie, having been promoted following the Battle of Cape St. Vincent, gets dragged into the action before facing the Nore and Spithead mutinies, and an old enemy.
An Alan Lewrie Naval Adventure
Commander Lewrie is dispatched to the Adriatic to intercept the French ships supplying Napoleon's armies. The four-ship squadron the HMS Jester has joined emerges victorious from the first few skirmishes, but the dire need for reinforcements soon becomes clear.
The Things They Carried
4th Estate Matchbook Classics
Drafted into the US Army, Tim O’Brien served as foot soldier in Vietnam from 1969 to 1970, and drawing on that experience, his storytelling blurs fiction and reality. This sequence of short stories, together as powerful as a novel, describes both the madness of the war and the burden of the experience on those who fought. First published in 1990, when the Guardian described it as ‘one of the best war books of this century’.
Three Cheers for Me
The Bandy Papers, Volume One
Infuriating everyone around him and constantly putting his foot in it, Bartholomew Bandy's exploits in the Royal Flying Corps and the trenches of the First World War are nevertheless surprisingly successful in this classic comic novel, first published in 1962.
The Prisoner's Defence
and Other First World War Stories
PG Wodehouse, Arthur Conan Doyle, Edgar Wallace and ‘Sapper’ (HC McNeile) are among the authors of the 15 short stories in this anthology. There are tales from both home and abroad, including Mary Borden’s story drawing on her own dilemmas as a French Red Cross nurse.
Night in the Front Line
and Other Second World War Stories
Written during or shortly after the war, these twelve short stories include Roald Dahl’s A Piece of Cake, based on his own experience as a Gladiator pilot in North Africa; Elizabeth Bowen’s famous story The Demon Lover; and The Disinherited by HE Bates, writing as ‘Flying Officer X’.
A Place Called Armageddon
For 1,000 years Constantinople had ruled its Byzantine empire; now Mehmet’s 100,000-strong army of Turks is at the gates and the city’s survival lies in the hands of one tortured and long-exiled man – Gregoras. CC Humphreys’s novel tells the story of one of history’s greatest battles.
A murder mystery that enmeshes DI Archer of Scotland Yard in a high-level espionage drama, Len Deighton’s novel is set in Britain in 1941, nine months after British Command surrendered to the Nazis. Written in 1978, this compelling ‘alternative reality’ portrayal of Britain under Nazi rule became a BBC drama series in 2017. Reissued with a new introduction by Deighton.
Aarrgghh!! It's War
Between the 1950s and 1970s the British comic digests War, Battle, Air Ace and War at Sea ran for a combined total of more than 4,500 issues, their humble black-and-white artwork on cheap newsprint concealed beneath painted covers bursting with colour and conflict, depicting soldiers, sailors and pilots fighting for their lives in the Second World War. This title reproduces over 500 of the digests' finest covers in the quality they deserve, and features commentary by veteran comic artist David Roach. Foreword by James May.