The First World War, 100 years gone

On the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month, a 100 years ago the guns fell silent on the battlefields across the world. The First World War had, after 4 long years of fighting, come to an end. 2018 marks 100 years since this day, and to commemorate this Hampshire Libraries will… Continue reading The First World War, 100 years gone

A Scot’s Quair (Sunset Song) by Lewis Grassic Gibbon

Chris Guthrie, torn between her love of the land and her desire to escape the narrow horizons of a peasant culture, is the thread that links these three works. In them, Gibbon interweaves the personal joys and sorrows of Chris' life with the greater historical and political events of the time. Sunset Song, the first and most celebrated book of the trilogy, covers the early years of the twentieth century, including the First World War. Chris survives, with her son Ewan, but the tragedy has struck and her wild spirit subdued.

Mr Dear, I wanted to tell you by Louisa Young

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About the book While Riley Purefoy and Peter Locke fight for their country, their survival and their sanity in the trenches of Flanders, Nadine Waveney, Julia Locke and Rose Locke do what they can at home. Reviewed by Hawkley Reading Group Everyone enjoyed this book, a strong "page turning" narrative and we found ourselves discussing… Continue reading Mr Dear, I wanted to tell you by Louisa Young

All quiet on the Western front by Erich Maria Remarque

About the book This story is told by a young soldier in the trenches of Flanders during the First World War. Through his eyes we see the realities of war. Incidents are vividly described, but there is no sense of adventure, only the feeling of youth betrayed. Reviewed by The Page Turners Everyone should read… Continue reading All quiet on the Western front by Erich Maria Remarque

Fall of giants by Ken Follett

In a plot of unfolding drama and intriguing complexity, 'Fall of Giants' moves seamlessly from Washington to St Petersburg, from the dirt and danger of a coal mine to the glittering chandeliers of a palace, from the corridors of power to the bedrooms of the mighty. Reviewed by Bookends Reading Group The group felt that… Continue reading Fall of giants by Ken Follett

Stone's Fall by Iain Pears

Iain Pears tells the story of John Stone, financier and armaments manufacturer, a man so wealthy that in the years before World War I he was able to manipulate markets, industries and indeed whole countries and continents. Reviewed by Women Who Read reading group This book sparked a lot of debate. It was long, so… Continue reading Stone's Fall by Iain Pears