Recreating a Lost World: Henry Williamson and Folkestone 1919-20
by Anne Williamson. Illustrated, 28pp., stapled paperback, Henry Williamson Society, 2008
After the Armistice in 1918, the young Henry Williamson, not yet a published writer and then in the army, was posted to Folkestone as adjutant of No. 3 Rest Camp on the Leas. This booklet explores 'the real-life scenario of Folkestone and its inhabitants of that time', showing through quotations from his work how HW later translated them, and his own experiences, into his novels, and in particular his early novel The Dream of Fair Women (1924). Anne Williamson weaves a fascinating and informative story. Included are photographs from the Literary Archive and a colour reproduction of the extremely scarce front jacket of the first edition of The Dream of Fair Women.