Have been following Harry on the blog and was eager to get the book, so was delighted when Amazon US finally shipped it out. The book is as good as the blog it tells us of the experiences of an ordinary man in extraordinary circumstances. The book contains the letters of Harry Lamin, the author's grandfather, written from the WWI trenches to his brother Jack and sister Kate. The book contains much of the material from the blog, there is material omitted and added,(this is I am sure due to the different media forms), but it gives the same feeling of identification with Harry and his comrades. The book contains no revelations or blinding historical insights, but paints a picture of the stoic, reliable, courageous "British Tommy", who gets the job done despite the horrors and difficulties. I am unsure if I identify so easily with Harry because he is the ordinary grandfather figure of my childhood, but the book I am sure will work for later generations as well.
Those still following the blog will have only reached July 1919, so I will only say the Bill Lamin, does an excellent job of drawing everything to a close.
It is amazing to think the this period is still in living memory,(There are still two living Veterans of WWI), but it is a different world from ours: Harry and his comrades entered the war as 19th century men and when it ended those who came home were 20th century men.
This book helps us understand these changes through the eyes of one such ordinary man.
I am sure Harry would never have imagined himself as the main character in a book, let alone understand a blog, and as far as appearing on a postage stamp; well that was for the King!