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Having crossed the globe to piece the Beechey story together, this book interweaves letters with an account of brutal warfare and the anxieties of everyday life, revealing the catastrophe that was the Great War. From it, emerges the tale of the lost brothers - a wartime epic of courage, loyalty, love, and sacrifice.
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Published February 1st 2008 by Soundings (first published January 22nd 1996)
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Jul 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: military-history, ww1
Michael Walsh is a good writer and perhaps the only pity about this work is that he did not contribute more of his own writing to it. He had some difficult choices to make, as he wandered backwards from an epistolatory work to the main narrative, which he created himself. For my money, there was just too much material taken from old letters, but it could not have been easy knowing what to include and what to leave out.

This is the story of a Victorian-era family whose eight sons participated in t
Amber Rush
Jun 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, favorites
The story of the Beechey brothers is truly harrowing, of the eight brothers who enlisted to fight in the Great War only 3 would return. Fighting all over the world, no part unscathed from the horror, the brothers would be fighting for the king's name and similar to many others fighting to live another day. The first would be killed in Gallipoli and the last in Cambrai. No other family sacrificed as much as the Beechey's did in the war. Containing the letters that were sent from the mother, Amy, ...more
Martin Rush
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely fantastic book telling the sad story of the beechey family.
Ellen Carr
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this true story moving and very interesting. It was particularly so because I recently found out that Amy Beechey was my great-grandfather's sister, and the brothers and sisters of the story were my grandfather's cousins. But, apart from that connection, I still found it fascinating. It showed the dreadful nature of the First World War and how many lives were lost, some through bad decisions, some through brutal warfare.
Michael Walsh cleverly weaves the threads of the stories together,
Aug 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this probably wasnt the best book to take on holiday with me but it has been sitting on my bookcase for ages. A difficult book to read due to the subject matter and fact that the chapters focus on different members of the family. It is wonderfully written though - cannt have been easy weaving together all the different stories/letters of the brothers. The things they and others went through and sacrificed - brings tears to your eyes
Zhi Ling Tan
Nov 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this was a humble but moving true story of a family torn asunder by military war. michael walsh put in a great effort to piece together detailed accounts of the 8 beechey brothers who pledged their lives to war. one could hardly imagine the devastation and horror in the battlefields.
Pauline Evans
Dec 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the many WWI books I have read about 8 brothers who all fought in the Great War. A brilliant read. Their mother lost her husband before the war and she had to endure waiting for news of her sons.
Cameron McElwee
Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazingly powerful and equally heartbreaking. Well worth a read.
Jo Reid
Oct 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An incredible story using a huge number of letters written by the soldiers and their families. A real eye-opener to the horrors of the First World War.

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Michael Walsh has edited regional newspapers and worked as a staff and freelance sub-editor on national dailies and Sundays. He is Saturday chief sub-editor on The People sports desk and has written for The Sunday Telegraph, The People and Saga Magazine. Brothers In War is his first book. He is married with two daughters and lives in Ducklington, Oxfordshire.

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