WW1 Book Group


At the first meeting of the Museum’s WW1 Book Group on Wednesday 11 th May 2016, the following books were recommended:

  • Anthology of poetry from Ivor Gurney and “The Ordeal of Ivor Gurney” by Michael Hurd (an in-depth biography)
  • “The Patriot’s Progress” by Henry Williamson (author of “Tarka the Otte”r), a novel based on his time on the Western Front. Text illustrated with simple yet bold and striking lino-cuts.
  • “Ten Years After” by Sir Philip Gibbs, official war correspondent. A reflection on the war, the post war years and the future
  • “Gardener to Fusilier: Story of James Sadler M.M. 9 th Royal Fusiliers (Service) Battalion, 1914-1918” by James Sadler (his son). Personal war diary entries interspersed with Battalion War Diaries“The Backwash of War” by Ellen N. La Motte. An account of life in a French field hospital in Belgium in 1916
  • “Mud, Blood and Poppycock” by Gordon Corrigan. Examines the established facts and myths about WW1

We didn’t have time to mention other books that had been brought along or suggested, so there’s plenty in store for future meetings. The hour flew past as we discussed a range of topics raised by the recommended books and the short introduction each was given. Perhaps in the future, we’ll also be able to put some time aside to listen to more from the books, particularly the poetry. So there’s plenty still to discuss, and we hope more people will be able to come along to future meetings and let us hear about their chosen book (s).

Further dates:

  •  Friday 17 th June
  • Friday 15 th July
  • Wednesday 10 th August

We’ll meet from about 2.30 for an hour or so, in the Café Lounge in the museum.

For further information, email libraryandarchives@thebowesmuseum.org.uk or phone 01833 690606 ext. 208 (answerphone).