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The Photographer's Boy: A Novel

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A story of three American eras . . .

A teenage boy and his grandfather travel across America to attend that last great reunion of Civil War veterans at Gettysburg in 1938, where secrets and lies are revealed about the old man’s past. Perhaps he was not the hero his grandson thought, but he still has a valuable treasure to reveal, which will shed intriguing light on the war and his part in it.

This debut novel by an award-winning British journalist takes the reader into three different key periods in US history: the 1860s, the 1930s, and the present day. It raises great questions about journalism, photography, war, and young love in a compelling story that mixes past and present.

300 pages, Kindle Edition

First published January 1, 2014

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Stephen Bates

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Stephen Bates has worked as a journalist for the BBC, the Telegraph, the Mail and, for 23 years, as political correspondent at the Guardian. He is the bestselling author of Church at War and God's Own Country.

Penny Loaves and Butter Cheap, Stephen Bate's kaleidoscopic picture of Britain in 1846 is in all good bookshops and available in ebook now.

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March 14, 2017
Interesting story

Anyone interested in history and the Civil War would appreciate this book. Characters were well developed and descriptions of life in the 30's was interesting, but the repeated emphasis on how photos were taken then and the redundant telling about all the dead soldiers laying on the battlefields got to be a little boring in the first part of the book.
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July 29, 2019
Fascinating.

I liked how this story was arranged. Going back and forth from the past to the present. Getting to know each of the characters from their viewpoint. This is a book that will be placed in my read again file.
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January 6, 2017
Old men photographers

If you like Civil War history, this is an interesting read. Good story lines going through. fun characters throughout the story.
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