the undone years

This book traces the story of five men whose families were eventually joined by marriage, and the different fates they suffered in THE UNDONE YEARS of the Great War.

Their own outcomes were an unsparing reflection of national statistics: Of the five million men who fought for Britain in the Great War, one million were killed and two million were wounded.

Author and historian ANTHONY QUINEY borrows from family letters, mementoes and a detailed diary, (now serialised on twitter, see right), as well as exhaustive, original research to tell a searing account of his five uncles' part in that dreadful conflict. The story is set against the sharp contrast of life for their families left behind on the Home Front and a detailed backdrop of military and social history.

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