by BigJules

Over the coming months I’ll be celebrating the earlier titles in the Kydd Series, it’s Treachery for this blog. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the book, either as a first-time reader or if you’re a re-reader and have read it more than once! It’s very gratifying for an author to be told that his work has inspired people to go back an read it again. And some of you have told me you have done this more than twice! Either reply to this blog or email me. Every respondent goes into the hat for a chance to win a mystery prize!

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The Illustrated War Reports, Ypres, Contemporary Combat Images From The Great War



This book contains a very fine selection of images from the battles around Ypres. This type of book makes the term ‘author’ tricky. Carruthers has used text sparingly and relied on the power of the images to tell the story. Whether that makes him an author or an editor is arguable, but the result of his labours is a moving tribute to those who fought and provided so many unique glimpses of what it was like to be there. It also provides a tribute to those who brought the story to the public in a unique way.Most Recommended.

Somme 1916, Success and Failure on the First Day of the Battle of the Somme



The Battle of the Somme in 1916 has been the subject of much controversy. In part, this stems from the way in which it has been viewed. This book is well researched and views the battle through the prism of the first day. The author argues the case on this basis and the reader can see exactly how the review has been framed.Commended.

Visiting the Fallen, Arras Memorials



The publisher has built a fine collection of guides to battlefields and memorials in western Europe. This new book fits into this collection well and provides an in-depth coverage of the four major memorials in and around Arras. This comprehensive coverage includes coverage of the gallantry awards and citations. Excellent guide.