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A Solitary War

A Solitary War

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Hardback, Macdonald, first edition, 1966.
Book condition: ex-library but with minimal markings, good copy with dustwrapper in plastic.

Volume 13 in the 15-volume A Chronicle of Ancient Sunlight series.

The publisher's blurb for the first edition (1966) states: 'The time is September 1939. The war with Germany casts its shadow over town and countryside. Phillip Maddison, veteran of First Ypres, the Somme and Passchendaele, is opposed to the new war. Stubbornly, he still believes Hitler's chief aim to be the defence of Europe against Stalin. Moreover, he is engaged in a different war on a more private front: on a marginal farm, known locally as "the Bad Lands", he works ceaselessly to subdue mounting debts, and to create a fertile yeoman holding for his family.

'To the misunderstandings between himself and his wife Lucy and their children and a succession of amateur escapists in war-time, are added the resistance of the farm workers to any form of innovation, and the suspicion of the villagers that he is an enemy agent. The occasions on which he can find deliverance from these trials in his writing – his true metier – are few and far between.

'Henry Williamson's portrayal of his hero's struggles against that which is without and that which is within carries total conviction. The scenes of farming, the descriptions of "the Bad Lands" and the surrounding countryside show his grasp of farming realities, and of life in England until the ending of the Battle of Britain. This is the thirteenth novel of Mr Williamson's celebrated sequence of novels collectively entitled A Chronicle of Ancient Sunlight, and one of the most complete and outstanding in its own right.'

(For a further consideration of the book and the background to the writing of it, see Anne Williamson's A Solitary War.)

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