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Brothers in War

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    Available in PDF Format | Brothers in War.pdf | English
    Michael Walsh(Author)
Brothers in War is the immensely powerful and deeply tragic story of the Beechey brothers, and how they paid the ultimate price for King and country. All eight went to fight in the Great War on such far-flung battlefields as France, Flanders, East Africa and Gallipoli. Only three would return alive. Even amid the carnage of the trenches, it was a family trauma almost without parallel. Their wives and sweethearts were left bereft, their widowed mother Amy devastated. It is a tragedy that has remained forgotten and unmarked for nearly 90 years. Until now.

Kept in a small brown case handed down by the brothers' youngest sister, Edie, were hundreds of letters sent home from the front by the Beechey boys: scraps of paper scribbled on in the firing line, heartfelt messages written from a deathbed, exasperated correspondences detailing the absurdities of life in the trenches. From it all emerges the remarkable tale of the lost brothers.

Tragic and moving, poetic in its intensity, Brothers in War reveals first-hand the catastrophe that was the Great War; all told through one family forced to sacrifice everything.

"Deeply impressive ... uplifting to read" (Margaret Forster)"As harrowing as any story from any war" (Daily Mirror)"Successfully restores a human dimension to that epic slaughter" (Mail on Sunday)"A moving vignette about [the war's] tragic price for one family" (Max Hastings Sunday Times)"A moving testament to the bravery and sacrifice of one British family" (Daily Mail)

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  • PDF | 432 pages
  • Michael Walsh(Author)
  • Ebury Press; New Ed edition (7 Jun. 2007)
  • English
  • 2
  • Biography
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  • By SMR on 2 August 2006

    I have to say this is the best book about WW1 I've ever read and I was moved to tears many times throughout. The story focuses on the Beechey family and the 5 sons who sacrificed their lives for their country. The author has done a tremendous amount of research, including following trails all the way to Australia. He's been able to obtain letters and photographs handed down to a relative of the Beecheys.Most of the letters are written to their mother and youngest sister and are amazing in that none of the sons give any great detail of the horrors they faced, the awful conditions they endured. I found it incredibly moving that each letter is signed "with affection from your loving son....." or something similar.It's obvious that the author has also done his research about the war and various battles and he's woven them into stories about how each of the Beechey boys met their sad end in a way that made it very readable for me, almost like a novel in some ways.It's not just a book about war, it's about sacrifice and the loyalty and patriotism many men had for their country and a mother and her sons who made the ultimate sacrifice. I couldn't put it down and didn't want it to end.

  • By Donna Young on 23 November 2015

    What a truly heartbreaking story for a mother to loose her children in the war. One to keep hold of for a long time. Very well packed and would recommend seller

  • By Richard Lascelles on 24 March 2017

    A true story of the Beechey family from Lincoln.Eight brothers went to war,and just three came back.A very moving book,which I would recommend.

  • By Ian Figg-Wild on 26 September 2006

    This true story of the Beechey family, who endured with dignity and courage the death of five sons in the 1st World War, is extremely moving.Michael Walsh should be congratulated on the sensitive and thoughtful way he has written about this family and brought their story to us. A piece of history that could so easily have been lost, if not for his endeavours.When you come to the end of the book, the Beechey family remains with you, as though personally known to you.

  • By Damon Crane on 11 May 2007

    A perfect combination of fiction and non-fiction I found this to be as epic and moving an account of WWI as any I've read (including Sebastian Faulk's Birdsong) - with the added attraction of genuine eye witness acount of events, not unsimilar in some ways to the 'Forgotten Voices' series.Walsh builds the characters and balances the various narratives to perfection (not an easy task) and has created a genuine page turner that must have taken years of research to put together.It's hard at times to believe that all this happened less than 100 years ago; and the sense of stip upper lip in the face of seemingly never-ending horrors is truly astonishing.Very highly recommended.

  • By Paul R. Eaton on 6 December 2006

    Of all the world war books I've read none moved me more than this.It's a cracking read from the start and the letters from the brothers really make the book come alive. The letters demonstrate the remarkable patriotism these chaps had for their king & country and their willingness to sacrifice all in the face of so much horror that was trench warfare. Remarkable! A must read!

  • By Raymondo on 4 January 2008

    I purchased this book a year ago and for some stupid reason I gave it away to an american friend in Washngton DC. I wanted her to experience the Great War from a British perspective. I've read a dozen or so books on the Great War, and I've found only Brothers, John Keegan's First World War and Faulk's Birdsong to have any lasting effect on me. The knack of writing a book on WW1 is that it must read like a novel, and Walsh does this, his syle is very similar to Keegan's. I recently collected a set of DVD's from a daily paper, and I couldn't help thinking that the Brothers could be actually moving across my TV screen. Walsh has painted a picture in my mind from a bygone age when war and human suffering in Europe went hand in hand. This book is a testament to why war should never happen. Well done Mr Walsh!

  • By AlyBongo on 21 April 2012

    I was researching WW1 as we are planning a trip to Cambrai and the Somme in May 2012. This book was highlighted as being of relevance to my search. Wow! It is one of the best books I have ever read and in my 61 years I have read the full range of books from the classics to 'sunbathing' books . It is the first book that I have finished and then started to read again immediately. On the second reading I made notes of the family members, their units, the battles they encountered,the events at home and sadly, in some cases, the cemeteries or monuments where the bodies of this family lie. The narrative uses family letters to augment the plight of those at war detailing the life of the soldier at the front and the life of those left at home. I will read this book again before we travel to France. The next trip we plan will focus on those brothers buried in France and Belgium. I would highly recommend this book.

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