Introducing the Daily Telegraph‘s best writing from the war correspondents of WW1 turned out to be tougher than expected, largely because so much of what was written was quite untrue. “There was no more discreditable period in the history of journalism than the four years of the Great War,” declared Arthur Ponsonby in his 1928 study, Falsehood in Wartime.
Above all, in the gulf between what the Telegraph reports do and do not reveal is laid bare an aspect of our humanity that I think we would do well to face. I mean our readiness as human beings to lie to ourselves and to each other, when we are convinced of our own righteousness.
Co-authored by Stephen Grady and Michael Wright, Gardens of Stone has already been acclaimed as one of the finest first-hand accounts of WW2 ever written. The hardback version reached no. 6 on the Sunday Times Bestseller list earlier this year. The paperback is due to be released in September 2013. Read more here...
Written with a mixture of self-effacing humour and literary ablomb, Michael Wright’s bestselling debut tells the true story of a clueless townie, fearful of Abroad and almost entirely ignorant about animals and plants, who gives up a successful media career to learn how to be a solitary peasant in rural France, accompanied only by a cat and a vintage aeroplane.