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.
Though he comes from a humble Scottish family of farmers, Robert Fordyce has his ambitions set high. He lands a prominent political post in London and tries his hardest to blend in among the British upper crust. Gradually, Robert forms a tight bond with his boss' quirky but kind family, and that relationship helps put him at ease.
In his breakthrough bestseller, The First Hundred Thousand, author Ian Hay brought humor and wit to a solemn subject in a first-hand account of a soldier's experience in World War I. He employs a similarly light touch in Getting Together, a discussion of the political and cultural relationship between England and the U.S. that unfolds like a pleasant fireside chat between friends.
Young Philip Meldrum lives a somewhat unusual life with his Uncle Joseph, a prominent philanthropist who happens to be highly suspicious of all women and has drilled this mistrust into the mind of his teenage nephew. For the most part, Philip spends his time attending to his uncle's correspondence and indulging his obsession with automobiles. But when he finds himself encountering a girl who doesn't immediately provoke his disgust, Philip begins reconsidering the truth of his uncle's teachings.
This delightful comic novel from Ian Hay follows the irrepressible Tilly Welwyn, a spirited and unique young woman, in her persistent attempts to catch the eye of an affluent suitor. Despite his affection for the girl, his family is dead-set against the match. Will these ill-matched lovers find a way to make it work?