1915, The Death of Innocence (Signed copy)
Signed by Lyn Macdonald
First edition, first printing. Hardback in dustwrapper. 24 × 15.5cm, xi + 625pp.
Signed and dated by the Lyn Macdonald to the title page (Armistice, 1993), with a further handwritten dedication by Macdonald to the opposite page.
By the end of 1914, the battered British forces were bogged down, yet hopeful that promised reinforcements and spring weather would soon lead to a victorious breakthrough. A year later, after appalling losses at Aubers Ridge, Loos, Neuve Chapelle, Ypres and faraway Gallipoli, fighting seemed set to go on for ever. Drawing on extensive interviews, letters and diaries, this book brilliantly evokes the soldiers' dogged heroism, sardonic humour and terrible loss of innocence through 'a year of cobbling together, of frustration, of indecision'. Over two decades' research puts Lyn Macdonald among the greatest popular chroniclers of the First World War. Here, from the poignant memories of participants, she has once again created an unforgettable slice of military history.
Both book and dustwrapper are in very good condition, with just a little sun-fading to the wrapper's spine.