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Brand new: The Road to Passchendaele

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The Road to Passchendaele – The Heroic Year in Soldiers’ own Words and Photographs

The Road to Passchendaele is the next volume in the highly-regarded series of books from best-selling First World War historian Richard van Emden. Once again using the winning formula of diaries, memoirs and original photographs taken on illegally-held cameras by the soldiers themselves, Richard tells the story of 1917, of life both on the line and behind it culminating in perhaps the most dreaded battle of them all, the Battle of Passchendaele. His previous book, The Somme – The Epic Battle in the Soldiers’ Own Words and Photographs, was published in 2016.

The author has an outstanding collection of over 5,000 privately-taken and previously unpublished photographs, revealing the war as it was seen by the men involved, an existence that was sometimes exhilarating, too often terrifying, and occasionally even fun. Richard van Emden has interviewed 270 veterans of the Great War, and written extensively about the soldiers’ lives, as well as working on many television documentaries, always concentrating on the human aspects of war, its challenge and its cost to the millions of men involved.

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As seen in the Express: Best Foot Forward; the autobiography of RAF Fighter Pilot Colin Hodgkinson, with foreword by Sir Archibald McIndoe. Click here to read the article via www.express.co.uk.

About the book: In the whole of the Second World War, only two men succeeded as operational fighter pilots in the RAF after losing both legs. Douglas Bader was one, the other was Colin Hodgkinson.

Colin was injured in a flying accident whilst training with the Fleet Air Arm in 1939. He awoke in hospital to find that his right leg had been amputated at the thigh, whilst his left leg was severely injured. His face was also damaged and he had trouble with the sight in one eye. In the weeks that followed, Colin’s remaining leg refused to heal. Coolly, calculatingly, he made his decision: Chop the damned thing off and lets be done with it. Just nineteen at the time, Colin developed a burning determination to prove himself a normal man by becoming a fighter pilot and flying Spitfires. With Douglas Bader as his example, and brilliant surgeons such as Sir Archibald McIndoe treating him, Colin achieved his aim with a hand-tailored pair of tin legs. He proved himself as a fighter pilot many times over.

Colin not only continued to fly with the RAF until he left the service in 1946, but also went on to fly jet fighters with the Auxiliary Air Force. His is undoubtedly a story of courage and determination one in which he had learnt to always stride out into the future, putting his best foot forward.

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Launch event: 365 Ways to Feel Better

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365 Ways to Feel Better – Self-Care Ideas for Embodied Wellbeing, launching in London on Monday, 19 June 2017.

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