All five novels in the ‘Tommy Gunn’ World War I ‘Chronicles of the Winter World’ series are now published by Mereo Books.
Written by leading military historian, John Hughes-Wilson, these five historically accurate novels in takes us in the company of protagonist ‘Tommy’ Gunn from the outbreak of the Great War, through the horror of the trenches and arduous campaigns to the eventual Armistice.
Publication date was 28 June 2019, to mark the centenary of the opening of the Versailles Conference (on 28 June 1919) that marked the official end of World War I
‘A unique contribution to World War I literature’
Brian MacArthur, author: King and Country
In 1914, they could not have known just how long this war would last or just how many lives it would cost …
When we first meet TOM Gunn, he’s a young infantry lieutenant in the Sherwood Foresters, back on leave from India just as Europe catches fire in the chaotic summer of 1914.
The British Expeditionary Force (BEF) is off to France, and Gunn joins a hastily formed mixed battalion of reservists, regular and territorial soldiers. He soon finds himself pitchforked into the mayhem and suffering of unrelenting war.
Soon the high hopes of short conflict fade into the horrific reality of the trenches. Thaddeus Gunn and his men realise that this is going to be a long and bloody war and they will be lucky if any of them survive ….
Hughes-Wilson places the main character, Thaddeus (‘Tommy’) Gunn, at most of the major battles of the war, in order to show us the utter terror and slaughter suffered by the troops.
Although this series of books are fictional accounts, the use of real diaries of young officers who fought and quotes from newspapers of the day, give these novels authenticity and help the reader appreciate how people actually lived through the war.
Now, with the release of all five novels to mark the Centenary of the Treaty of Versailles, readers can follow Hughes-Wilson’s creation, ‘Tommy Gunn’ throughout the entire war. These powerful novels stand as a testament to the heroism and sacrifice of a generation of young men.
‘Gripping … superbly written, true-to-life down to the least military detail, and very exciting. Readers will be keen to follow the fortunes of Thaddeus Gunn’
Andrew Roberts, FRSL, historian
All five novels are available in paperback or ebook:
- 1914 First Blood
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-86151-277-2 210pp RRP £12.00
ebook ISBN: B00Q386D90; £3.00
- 1915 Pride & Glory
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-86151-922-1 213pp RRP £12.00
ebook ISBN: B07KMB934Q; £2.35
- 1916 The Big Push
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-86151-923-8 280pp RRP £12.00
ebook ISBN: B07KKP874RRRP £2.35
- 1917 Hanging On
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-86151-925-2 234pp RRP £12.00
ebook ISBN: B07KKNCS8C; £2.35
- 1918 Defeat Into Victory
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-86151-277-2 175pp RRP £12.00
ebook ISBN: B07KKLRD7P £2.35
All five titles in the series are published by Mereo Books (an imprint of Memoirs Publishing) and are available through all good bookshops and internet booksellers (see Mereo Books: Books by John Hughes-Wilson)
Local UK interest, Nottinghamshire:
Tommy Gunn, the central character in the series, comes from Nottinghamshire and serves with the Sherwood Foresters. (The author also served in the Sherwood Foresters early in his career.)
To request review copies or to be put in touch with the author, please contact:
Court Publishing Services
Tel: 07876 155663 or 020 8761 0147