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Brothers At Vimy Ridge By Colin Hooper
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Brothers at Vimy Ridge tells the story of two orphaned brothers sent to Canada in the early nineteenth century, separated by beauraucrats they were reunited in the trenches of the First World War at... More > Vimy Ridge. Only one of the brothers would return to their new home, Canada.< Less
Sap's War By Ward McBurney
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Can you make love to a ghost? Can two girls crawl through a sewer to save pigs from slaughter? Do monuments to the dead live? This book is the second of the greater work that begins with the novel,... More > & after this our exile. There, veterans of the First World War and their families fight to stay alive in postwar Toronto; here, the same cast of characters, some alive, some not, travel back to France to open the Vimy Memorial in 1936. Written to stand alone, Sap’s War should nevertheless be read in conjunction with & after this our exile. Together, the two books constitute a complete old and new testament to the men and women of the Canadian Corps, their families, and, in some cases, their living memories, moving and acting among us, here and now. Ward McBurney lives in Toronto. He is the author of two collections of radio stories, broadcast over the CBC, three collections of poetry, and two novels.< Less
& after this our exile By Ward McBurney
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The 1934 Canadian Corps Reunion in Toronto is the setting for this odyssey into the life of a Canadian soldier before, during, and after the First World War.
The Hemingway Complex By Iain Reid
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Some people might describe Ernest Hemingway as being "larger than life". But to say that is not entirely accurate. He was merely larger than other people's lives. He was certainly larger... More > than my life, for example, but he fit quite comfortably into his own. My life isn't extraordinary like that of the great Ernest Hemingway. I've never run with the bulls or told people that I fought in wars or hunted German U-Boats while drinking cocktails on my yacht. But I live life with a Hemingway Complex. Living in pursuit of the impossible. It's the only way I ever seem to do anything interesting. This book is a collection of 10 Adventures That I Took Without Quitting My Day Job. I suppose you could call these trips "holidays" or "vacations" but I prefer to call them adventures and thus lift them out from the realm of the mundane. Besides, any time that any of us dares to go out and see just a little bit more of this world we inhabit, then that is an adventure. Don't you think?< Less
A Fine View of the Show: Letters from the Western Front By Andrew Jackson
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A first-hand glimpse into daily life on the Western Front that is riveting, informative and poignant. Hector Jackson left his family’s British Columbia farm in 1915 to fight in World War I.... More > Recounted through 130 descriptive letters, Jackson’s idealistic adventure descended into the gritty reality of trench warfare when, as a newly-commissioned officer, he was catapulted into the Battle of the Somme. Against the odds, Jackson survived many of the great battles of the Western Front, to be awarded the Military Cross for gallantry under fire at Passchendaele and rise to the rank of captain. Gassed just ten days before the war ended, he joined the river of wounded flowing from the battlefield. Photographs illustrate the unique story told in these letters, from Jackson’s farm life, through military training, to the grim existence of the Western Front. Andrew Jackson’s introduction and historical narrative, along with helpful notes, weave these letters into a dramatic chronicle.< Less
A Fine View of the Show: Letters from the Western Front By Andrew Jackson
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A first-hand glimpse into daily life on the Western Front that is riveting, informative and poignant. Hector Jackson left his family’s British Columbia farm in 1915 to fight in World War I.... More > Recounted through 130 descriptive letters, Jackson’s idealistic adventure descended into the gritty reality of trench warfare when, as a newly-commissioned officer, he was catapulted into the Battle of the Somme. Against the odds, Jackson survived many of the great battles of the Western Front, to be awarded the Military Cross for gallantry under fire at Passchendaele and rise to the rank of captain. Gassed just ten days before the war ended, he joined the river of wounded flowing from the battlefield. Photographs illustrate the unique story told in these letters, from Jackson’s farm life, through military training, to the grim existence of the Western Front. Andrew Jackson’s introduction and historical narrative, along with helpful notes, weave these letters into a dramatic chronicle.< Less
Through The Gates of Hell By Tom Gemmell
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Through The Gates of Hell BY Thomas Gemmell The story of one man's struggle to survive the horrors of the first world war. As a member of the 185th Nova Scotia Highlanders the most inexperienced... More > unit in the Canadian Army. He is thrust headlong into the 1917 battle for Vimy Ridge, a turning point in the war, Can they win through against an enemy who has had three years to fortify the position, and achieve a much needed victory where others have failed. Can he hold himself together, as he thinks of his loved ones back home, Wishing that he was back there with them instead of leaning against the trench wall waiting for the signal to charge at an unforgiving enemy. He must win through! He has no other choice!< Less
Through The Gates of Hell By Thomas Gemmell
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One man's struggle to survive the horrors of the first world war. The 185th Nova Scotia Highlanders have been thrust into the battle for Vimy Ridge, in the First World War, The most inexperienced... More > Battalion in the Canadian Army Corps, Will they win through, when all before have failed? Against an enemy who has had three years to fortify their position. He thinks about his loved ones back home, where he longs to be, his parents, sister and his fiance, will he ever see them again? All around him is death and carnage, friends and enemies, how can he possibly survive this to once again return to his beloved Canada.< Less