The Patriot's Progress

Paperback, Sutton Publishing in association with the Imperial War Museum, paperback, 1999; illustrated with lino-cuts by William Kermode.



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The publisher's blurb for this edition states: 'This starkly powerful novel of one man's experiences in the First World War captures to the full the grim flavour of the ordinary man caught up in a conflict over which he has no control. John Bullock is the archetypal common soldier, fighting out of blind patriotism for a cause he does not understand, living through the bewilderment of his brutal initiation into army life, and finally facing the terrors of trench warfare on the battlefields of France. Illustrated with the original lino-cuts of William Kermode, this book draws on Henry Williamson's own war experiences, and the combination of text and illustrations creates a vivid and unforgettable portrayal of the war machine.'

 

(For a further consideration of the book and the background to the writing of it, see Anne Williamson's The Patriot's Progress.)