The Glorious Dead written by Tim Atkinson, publisher Unbound, is available NOW in ebook and hardcover format.
To buy link: Waterstones – https://bit.ly/2yWylID
Amazon UK – https://amzn.to/2SK1E9H
What happened when the Great War ended and the guns stopped firing? Who cleared the battlefields and buried the dead? It’s 1918 and the war may be over but Lance-Corporal Jack Patterson and the men of his platoon are still knee-deep in Flanders mud, searching the battlefields for the remains of comrades killed in action. But duty isn’t all that’s keeping Jack in Flanders. For one there is Katia, the daughter of a local publican, with whom he has struck up a romance. And then there is something else, a secret that lies buried in Jack’s past, one he hopes isn’t about to be dug up…
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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Tim Atkinson’s novel: The Glorious Dead.
In August this year I felt very privileged to go on a visit to Flanders Field, near Ypres, Belgium. Flanders Field was a major battle site during the First World War 1914-1918 and now it is home to many WWI War Cemeteries, Commemorative monuments and historical areas of interest. I visited many of the war grave cemeteries including Essex Farm and Tyne Cot and the whole visit completely moved me. When I was invited to read and review this novel by Tim Atkinson I had no hesitation in accepting.
The author, Tim Atkinson, has undertaken vast research with this book which is based on fact surrounding the men who had been employed by the War Graves Commission. Men that had witnessed the daily grind of war, a war that had taken the lives of so many of their comrades but had spared them to now search the land to find the remains of the men who had lost their lives, to identify them in order for them to be reburied with dignity at one of the many war graves in an around Ypres.
Reading through the pages of The Glorious Dead I felt like I was reliving my visit to the cemeteries but this time I was visiting back in 1918. Tim Atkinson has written a raw, honest interpretation of a time back in 1918 and 1919 to a task that was so brutally painful and gritty and was also very dangerous with the debris of ammunitions still lying around. Interspersed between the horrors of the remains of the war Tim Atkinson has woven humour, camaraderie and romance within the storyline. At times the story is very difficult to read and you are wracked with emotion but these glimpses of humanity and life still going on give the story hints of warmth.
I was completely enthralled by this novel, it was very poignant with it’s raw account of events, it had touches of mystery and of unjust. You could feel a sense of belonging to the time and to the place and you could also understand why so many men and women found life very difficult after the war. A story of war that is not always told.
I’d like to share a quote from the novel which particularly resonated with me:
lives made heavy by the weight of Flanders mud that still sticks to them like clay.
About the Author
Tim Atkinson is a teacher, author and award-winning blogger. He studied philosophy at the University of Hull and has worked variously as a filing clerk, lay-clerk, chain-man and school teacher. He was born in Colchester, brought up in Yorkshire and now lives in Lincolnshire.
I’d also like to share a few of the photos I took during my visit to Flanders Fields in the summer.