Friday, August 1, 2014

FRIDAY FREEBITS - MARGARET TANNER WW1 CENTENARY COLLECTION


THE LOVES WE LEFT BEHIND - WORLD WAR 1, CENTENARY COLLECTION – MARGARET TANNER

For my Friday Freebits I thought I would give you the introduction to this special collection of 3 novels all set during World War 1, to mark the centenary of the start of this terrible conflict.

MY INTRODUCTION
Stories of my family’s involvement in the 1st World War fired my interest, and after having access to a relative’s diary, it became a passion with me. I read as many books as I could about this terrible conflict then visited the battlefields in France and Belgium.

One of my relatives died of wounds in the military hospital in Rouen, France in 1917. He was a married man in his thirties, who felt duty bound to fight for the Empire. He left a wife and two small children behind. Another relative was only twenty one when he died in the Turkish campaign on Gallipoli in 1915. He was a young adventurer who wanted to see the world.

I wanted to write about what it would have been like for the wives and sweethearts of men like these.  How did they cope if their man came home wounded? Or if he didn’t come home at all? Could they find happiness a second time around?

To mark the centenary of the start of the 1st World War, I thought it an appropriate time to draw attention not only to the brave men who fought, but the loyal women who faced hardship and loss at home.

Red poppies growing in Flanders mud
Nurtured by a soldier’s blood.
 




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4 comments:

Rhobin Lee Courtright said...

You're right, it was a horrible war. I just got back from seeing Gettysburg, which I know is the American Civil War. Our Civil War, I believe, is where trenches were first used. Gettysburg is a battlefield where armies learned the old way of waging war didn't work out so very well. The battles of war were, and remain, dirty, merciless, and frightening affairs.

Tricia McGill said...

My Father served in that war, Margaret. Thank goodness he came back all in one piece as otherwise I wouldn't be here to tell a tale. It was just about the worst conflict and the more I hear about the conditions the poor souls endured I wonder why men are still raging battles around the world. They never seem to learn.

Margaret Tanner said...

Hi Rhobin and Tricia,
Thanks for dropping by. War is truly dreadful. Trench warfare was frightful, thousands killed just to gain a few yards of French mud.

Regards

Margaret

Ginger Jones Simpson said...

You write the most incredible tales. I haven't read this, but I will. Loved the appetizer, just have to move to the main course.

Keep'em coming.:)

G