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The Small Book

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July 1915, the Somme. Private Ken Hoskins has been detailed to a firing squad to execute a deserter from his own company. This experience so appalls him that when he returns to his native Lancashire he joins the nascent Communist Party and on his marriage determines to bring up his children 'in the faith'. His daughter, Pam, later moves to London to become secretary to Har...more
Paperback, 252 pages
Published May 18th 2010 by Bright Pen
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Judith Starkston
The Small Book opens in 1915 with a doctor’s diary entry from the frontlines of the World War I describing the execution of a private for desertion. “This has been a wretched business. They have made a murderer out of me and all of us who were present.”

While the book quickly jumps to 1946 and later to 1998, the repercussions continue throughout from this soldier’s death at the hands of his own side, although a full understanding of just how these repercussions play out does not come until the v...more
Lucie Novak
I loved this book, It is " small" but so well written. I met the author,too, she was a friend of somebody at my book club. The stories- the British Communist Party in the fifties and the First War story mingled well and it is one of the books I always reccomend to people!
Eva Hnizdo
This was an indeed small, but very exciting book. The history of the preceived or real deserters in the WW1, the history of the British Communist party coping with news of 1956 Hungarian uprising, the book was very well written and unusual.
We read it at my book club and we all liked it.
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