A moving anthology of stories inspired by objects from the First World War, illustrated by Jim Kay. The Great War is a powerful collection of stories by bestselling authors, each inspired by a different object from the First World War. From a soldier’s writing case to the nose of a Zeppelin bomb, each object illuminates an aspect of life during the war, and each story reminds us of the millions of individual lives that were changed forever by the four years of fighting. This remarkable book is illustrated by the Kate Greenaway Medal-winning Jim Kay.
The Great War
“original short stories that are simultaneously poignant, thought-provoking, and relevant….Tanya Lee Stone’s “A Harlem Hellfighter and His Horn,” written in verse, follows an aspiring musician who takes up with bandleader James Reese Europe, eventually joining the famed infantry regiment (“There was no question about it for me./ I followed Europe to/ Europe/ without taking a beat”)….Explanations of the featured objects conclude this evocative, potent anthology.”
“Extraordinary….Each story, lovingly crafted, shows a different facet of war in the same way that each artifact reflects something different about the time. … Black-and-white illustrations by Kay and photos and descriptions of each artifact complete the whole.
“Superlative collection… beautifully designed and beautifully written.”
“As there are no living World War I veterans to tell their stories, this profound collection may be as close as some readers will get to truly understanding the emotional devastation of one of the world’s bloodiest wars. … An essential purchase.”