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1914 - 1918
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Famous tells the Great War stories of twenty of Britain's most respected, best known and even notorious celebrities. They include politicians, actors, writers, an explorer, a sculptor and even a murderer.

The generation that grew up in the late 19th Century enlisted enthusiastically in the defence of the country. Many would become household names such as Basil Rathbone, the definitive Sherlock Holmes and Nigel Bruce as Watson, A.A. Milne, creator of Winnie the Pooh, and Arnold Ridley who found fame as the gentle and genial Godfrey in Dad's Army.
From politicians such as Harold Macmillan and Winston Churchill to writers including J.B. Priestley, and J.R.R. Tolkein, from sculptors like Henry Moore, to composers such as Ralph Vaughan Williams, their fame and influence continue even into the 21st Century.

The authors Richard van Emden and Vic Piuk have discovered the exact locations where these celebrities saw action. They tell the story of where C.S. Lewis was wounded and invalided home, and how Basil Rathbone won the Military Cross for a trench raid (while dressed as a tree). Each story will be examined in detail with pictures taken of the very spot where the actions took place. There are maps of the area that will guide enterprising readers to walk in the footsteps of their heroes.
Link:
Many thanks to Pen & Sword Books for the review copy; www.pen-and-sword.co.uk
Rating:
A fantastic book that brings to life the WW1 combat careers of many well known personalities of the 20th Century, most of whom have since had this very important part of their lives overlooked.

Very highly recommended!
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Book format and details:
Title:
Famous 1914 - 1918
Author:
Richard van Emden and Vic Piuk
ISBN:
9781848841970
Format:
Paperback, 200 x 130mm, 350 pages
Illustrations:
Black & white photographs and illustrations
Publ. date:
October 2009
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