About the book
London, 1918. Billy Prior is working for Intelligence in the Ministry of Munitions. But his private encounters with women and men – pacifists, objectors, homosexuals – conflict with his duties as a soldier, and it is not long before his sense of himself fragments and breaks down. Forced to consult the man who helped him before – army psychiatrist William Rivers – Prior must confront his inability to be the dutiful soldier his superiors wish him to be …
Reviewed by U3A Book Circle No 2 Reading Group:
Not a book to be enjoyed as it is very disturbing, but it gives a real insight into the traumas suffered by the young in the First World War, especially by pacifists, conscientious objectors and homosexuals. It provoked a lot of discussion and is well constructed and beautifully written.
Star rating: ***