Famous : 1914-1918, Paperback Book
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Famous tells the Great War stories of twenty of Britain's most respected, best known and even notorious celebrities.

They include politicians, actors, writers, an explorer, a sculptor and even a murderer.

The generation that grew up in the late 19th Century enlisted enthusiastically in the defence of the country.

Many would become household names such as Basil Rathbone, the definitive Sherlock Holmes, AA Milne, creator of Winnie the Pooh, and Arnold Ridley who found fame and public affection as the dour Scotsman Fraser, and the gentle and genial Godfrey, in Dad's Army.

From politicians such as Harold Macmillan and Winston Churchill to writers includsing JB Priestley, and JRR Tolkein, from sculptors like Henry Moore, to composers such as Ralph Vaughan Williams, their fame and influence continue even into the 21st Century.

The authors have discovered the exact locations where these celebrities saw action.

They tell the story of where CS Lewis was wounded and invalided home, and how Basil Rathbone won the Military Cross for a trench raid (while dressed as a tree).

Each story is examined in detail with pictures taken of the very spot where the actions took place. There are maps of the area that will guide enterprising readers to walk in the footsteps of their heroes.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352 pages, Illustrations (some col.)
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd
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  • Category: British & Irish history
  • ISBN: 9781848841970

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Confusing and difficult to keep track of - probably a lot like the war itself. The collection of people itself has not real link other than fame at some stage in their life but with in the book we jump around thought the war something I found frustrating.Each biography in the book is interesting and does give you a feel for what these men experience was like (interestingly very few of them spent long at the front before be wounded - only tow covered where killed in the War). I would recommend this a book for people interested in the War because it offers very personal account, but the lack of real internal structure to the work is frustrating but worth persevering through.

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