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Her Privates We

First published privately in 1929 as The Middle Parts of Fortune, Her Privates We is the novel of the Battle of the Somme told from the perspective of Bourne, an ordinary private. A raw and shockingly honest portrait of men engaged in war, 'that peculiarly human activity', the original edition was subject to 'prunings and excisions' because the bluntness of language was thought to make the book unfit for public distribution. This edition restores them. An undisputed classic of war writing and a lasting tribute to all who participated in the war, Her Privates We was originally published as written by 'Private 19022'. Championed by Ernest Hemingway, Ezra Pound, TS Eliot and TE Lawrence, it has become recognised as a classic in the seventy years since its first publication. Now republished, with an introduction by William Boyd, it will again amaze a new generation of readers with its depiction of the horror, the ordinariness and the humanity of war.
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A new edition of a classic First World War novel, a brilliant and bitter picture of human conflict.

About the Author

Frederic Manning was born in Sydney, Australia in 1882. He moved to England in 1903 where he pursued a literary career, reviewing and writing poetry. He enlisted in 1915 in the Shropshire Light Infantry and went to France in 1916 as 'Private 19022.' The Shropshires saw heavy fighting on the Somme and Manning's four months there provided the background to Her Privates We. He died in 1935. Serpent's Tail originally published Her Privates We in 1999.


[I read Her Privates We] every year to remember how things really were so that I will never lie to myself or anyone else about them -- Ernest Hemingway One of the very best writers we have -- T. S. Eliot The book of books as far as the British army is concerned -- TE Lawrence The best of our war novels -- E. M. Forster Manning's masterpiece ... incredibly moving and revelatory -- Gabriel Byrne * Irish Times *

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