Second US printing of the first book in Pat Barker's trilogy
First US edition, second printing. Hardback in dustwrapper. 22 × 14.5cm, 252pp.
Craiglockhart War Hospital, Scotland, 1917, and army psychiatrist William Rivers is treating shell-shocked soldiers. Under his care are the poets Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen, as well as mute Billy Prior, who is only able to communicate by means of pencil and paper. Rivers's job is to make the men in his charge healthy enough to fight. Yet the closer he gets to mending his patients' minds the harder becomes every decision to send them back to the horrors of the front.
A good plus copy. There is surface marking to the wrapper and boards but this is light. There is a remainder pen mark to the bottom edge of the pages, and faint foxing to the top edge. The text pages are clean, the binding secure. The wrapper has not been price-clipped and is now within a protective sleeve.