Albert and Flora
eBook (PDF), 203 Pages
In 1917 Nottingham Air Ace Albert Ball met Flora Kavanagh Young and the two of them were engaged to be married; a wedding that never took place due to Albert's death at the front. This is the story of their love. Their stories become the catalyst for a whole series of pictures of life during that bitter conflict and the people that lived through it. Carefully researched both in the UK and in France, 'Albert and Flora' is a memorial to all those that took fleeting moments of togetherness in the seconds allowed to them.
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Apr 3, 2011A thoroughly researched account of life in the 1910s and a host of characters and scenarios that paint a human picture of the First World War. Mark Collar's Albert Ball is not a hero, he is an ordinary lad ('lad' being the operative word) thrust into combat and excelling due to a natural gift for flying and mechanics. Collar reminds us, by showing the unfortunate fates of some of Ball's comrades, that the war was not a time of daring gallantry but one of survival where possible and with what abilities you were blessed with. And of course Albert Ball's story tells us that even that is sometimes not enough.
Jan 25, 2010As a Nottinghamian I was aware of the exploits of Albert Ball, but aside from his heroics in the air I had never given a moments thought to the young man behind the legend. Mark Collar gives a sympathetic and thought provoking account on how the love between two young people blossomed and was cut short during the war. Written in great detail, thoroughly researched, in amongst the known facts a wonderful, yet tragic story emerges. The author is able to convey the great sadness of a generation which was cut down on the battlefields of the Great War, yet also show how love can and did blossom amongst the horrors of war, a love that lasted until Flora died. A thoroughly enjoyable and thought provoking read.
Jan 25, 2010A boy. A girl. The growing love between them. The impact of war. These themes are woven together and sensitively explored in Mark Collar's Albert and Flora. The characters come to life in this thoroughly researched novel. Albert Ball, a very understated hero, brings home vividly the interplay on his life of, family, duty and love. A magical book that credibly imerses the reader in the life and times of these two truly remarkable people.
Jan 10, 2010To try to put yourself in the midst of events occurring less than 100 years ago is hard, Mark's book effortlessly slides you into a terrifying world where death and loss are foisted upon people. Without time to prepare, they deal with it and bear suffering us modern-world softened people can only imagine. As a proud son of Nottingham I'm well aware of Albert Ball, but this intricately researched story along with insightful and imaginative filling in of the details leaves you feeling like you knew him, his family and - of course - his sweetheart. The story is charming, harrowing, horrifying and ultimately haunting. What makes this book particularly brilliant is the evokative way in which it is able to place you at the scene, in the cockpit, in the trenches, digging for victory in Blighty - all without labouring the details. It gives you enough to let your imagination colour an often bleak surrounding. I think there is great value in people understanding better what our forebears went... More > through in order to secure and protect our freedom, and that our our Allies - without being at all preachy this is the best example of this I've found. Albert Ball's dad, Albert Ball Snr, moved heaven and Earth to ensure his son was remembered in Nottingham in statue form, and in France where he died and was buried. This memorial pays great tribute to that laudable aim, too.< Less
Jan 9, 2010This is an excellently researched and beautifully styled book about the relationship between Nottingham's WW1 fighter pilot legend Albert Ball V.C. and his sweetheart Flora Young, a romance that blossomed during The Great War. Littered with places you might know, streets you've probably walked up, and some literary passages that I'm pretty sure will haunt you for years (the part with the two friends who went to the Somme battlefield is particularly moving), it's a super novel, wonderfully evocative of the era. If you've even a passing interest in The Great War, this is a really good read - so carefully researched and poignantly written in many parts. Thank you, Mark Collar- I really enjoyed it and it's sitting proudly on my bookshelf.
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- November 2, 2011
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