1917 Hanging On

Tommy Gunn series: book 4

We first met TOM. Gunn, a young infantry lieutenant in the Sherwood Foresters, just back on leave from India as Europe catches ablaze in the chaotic summer of 1914. Thus was born the best-selling Tommy Gunn series.

In the third book in the series, by 1916 his whole world had been turned upside down as his regiment was engulfed by the long drawn out slaughter of the Somme. Meanwhile, as the year ended back home, his family and friends struggled with tragedy as their world changed forever when young lives are wrecked by the pressures of war.

By the end of 1917 ‘Tommy’ Gunn is now a temporary Lieutenant Colonel, posted to the staff and seeing the war, his country and his life, through a seasoned, cynical veteran’s eyes. Tragedy has hardened him. But not so far as to make him unaware of the temptations to a young man in war, far from home. Gunn’s love life suddenly becomes very complicated indeed …

By the end of 1917 the soldiers of the BEF and even Gunn himself are questioning both the war and their own lives. ‘Hanging On’ reflects the impact of war on a young man and his family, in a world that has gone forever. And he is not yet 27 years old …

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‘Fantastic detail. He really captures the mood both on the home front and as the troops go into battle. A really authentic piece of work.’ Nick Gordon, award-winning journalist and ex-deputy editor: Daily Mail

‘If Hughes-Wilson finishes this sequence of novels it will be an unique achievement’ Rick Gekoski, Chair of Judges for the 2011 Man Booker International Prize, author and rare book dealer

‘If you enjoyed Flashman and Sharpe, you will love Tommy Gunn.’ International Guild of Battlefield Guides

‘These gripping novels have the triple advantage of being superbly written, true to life down to the last military detail, and very exciting.’ Professor Andrew Roberts, author, historian and Fellow of the Royal Historical Society

‘From the moment in this remarkable series of novels that we meet young infantry officer Thaddeus Gunn fighting in the heat and dust of the North-West Frontier in 1913, his tale fairly rattles along, like a well-oiled Vickers machine-gun. It sweeps us out on a rip-roaring tide to Ypres, the shores of Gallipoli then back into the charnel houses of the Somme and Passchendaele, before pitching us alongside him to fight the final hectic battles of 1918. This is a unique story about a very human and sympathetic character, worthy of being described as ‘the Sharpe of the Great War. The volumes I have read are hugely enjoyable page turners, to be sure, with a real whiff of cordite.’ Jon Cooksey, World War I historian, TV presenter, military historian and author of The Barnsley Pals, Harry’s War, The Western Front – Blood and Iron in Battlefields Review