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Dira Sudis ([personal profile] dira) wrote2013-01-16 08:35 pm

Help me decide how to depress myself next week!

The poll options are what they are due to book availability, so making suggestions of academic/British sources will not help in the short term. Although I did get to read Jeffery Farnol's Great Britain at War, which was a collection of his contemporary accounts of the war effort as a journalist, and fascinating on multiple levels. Anyway:

Poll #12632 Doing a spot of research, because of reasons.
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 52


Which fun and delightful book shall I read next?

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Regeneration, Pat Barker
19 (36.5%)

Home front, 1914-1918 : how Britain survived the Great War, Ian F.W. Beckett.
7 (13.5%)

Testament of Youth, Vera Brittain
7 (13.5%)

Letters from a lost generation : the First World War letters of Vera Brittain and four friends
7 (13.5%)

Edward Carpenter : a life of liberty and love, Sheila Rowbotham
5 (9.6%)

A class society at war, England, 1914-1918, Bernard Waites
6 (11.5%)

Death's men : soldiers of the Great War, Denis Winter
1 (1.9%)

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[personal profile] ariadnes_string 2013-01-17 03:16 am (UTC)(link)
fwiw, the best book about WWI I've read recently is Wade Davis's Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory and the Conquest of Everest. It's popular history, available in pb, but you might have to get in a queue to get it from the library.

Looking forward to knowing the reasons.
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[personal profile] cesperanza 2013-01-17 04:33 am (UTC)(link)
Carpenter is a marvel! Carpenter is the obvious slashy answer! Carpenter/George forever!
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[personal profile] vass 2013-01-17 06:15 am (UTC)(link)
Regeneration! Ruth Head/Henry Head/W.H.R. Rivers 4EVA!
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[personal profile] derryderrydown 2013-01-17 07:22 am (UTC)(link)
REGENERATION. Because, sure, Sassoon and Owen and First World War poets in love vaguely aware of the other's existence/stonkingly crushing on the other respectively is awesome.

However. BILLY PRIOR. BILLY FUCKING PRIOR. I love Billy Prior more than is remotely healthy and one day I'll finish the story where he ends up in 21st century Cardiff and there are Torchwood Shenanigans.

In conclusion: BILLY FUCKING PRIOR. For all your class-defying bisexual sadist hero needs.
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[personal profile] gwyn 2013-01-17 07:56 am (UTC)(link)
They're all pretty amazing books, and quite good. I voted Testament of Youth because it really haunted me and there's an excellent BBC adaptation, and I figured everyone would vote for Regeneration, which is also really dear to my heart.

Man, you're a glutton for punishment, though, aren't ya? I guess that's why I like you.
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[personal profile] shosh 2013-01-25 04:41 am (UTC)(link)
Now I want to read all of those. Is this for fic research? Is your focus on how WWI changed the British class system? I've been thinking about that, as well, of late. And not for any particular reason, actually, other than everywhere I turn, someone is talking about Downton Abbey, which I'm clearly going to have to watch.