By Edmund Blunden


Distinguished poet Edmund Blunden records his experiences as an infantry subaltern in France and Flanders during the First World War. Blunden took part in the disastrous battles of the Somme, Ypres and Passchendaele, describing the latter as 'murder, not only to the troops, but to their singing faiths and hopes'. In his compassionate yet unsentimental prose narrative, he tells of the heroism and despair found among the officers. Blunden's poems show how he found hope in the natural landscape; the only thing that survives the terrible betrayal enacted in the Flanders fields.

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Narrator Bob Rollett
Length 9hrs 30mins
Catalogue No. 14681
Publisher Penguin Classics; 2000