This book contains a fictionalised account of the day-to-day experiences of soldiers in Kitchener's Army, the voluntary section of the British Army formed following the outbreak of the First World War in 1914. Although the characters are a work of fiction, the incidents described all actually occurred. The story was originally contributed in the form of an anonymous narrative to “Blackwood's Magazine”. Contents include: “The Daily Grind”, “Growing Pains”, “The Conversion of Private M'Slattery”, “Crime”, “The Laws of the Medes and Persians”, “Shooting Straight”, “Billets”, “Mid-Channel”, “Deeds of Darkness”, “Olympus”, “... And Some Fell by the Wayside”, etc. Many vintage books such as this are becoming increasingly rare and expensive. We are republishing this volume now in an affordable, modern, high-quality edition complete with a specially commissioned new introduction.
Teacher turned writer Ian Hay scored a major bestseller with this moving account of his experiences on the front lines of World War I. Alternating between laugh-out-loud hilarity and heart-rending scenes of tragedy, this richly detailed memoir conveys the complexity of battle.
Taking a break from the action-adventure tales that were his forte, Scottish writer Ian Hay presents his tongue-in-cheek views on the political and cultural situation facing England in the World War I era, with a particular focus on the controversy surrounding Ireland and its political autonomy.
Though he later went on to find his niche as a writer of wartime action-adventure novels, "Ian Hay" (the pen name of John Hay Beith) first made a literary splash with his novel Pip, written when Beith was working as a teacher. The charming tale follows a boy nicknamed Pip through his topsy-turvy school career, from youth to young adulthood.