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DEAD GROUND 2018-1918£10.00Add to basket
Jacketed hardback, 250pp
Publication date 8 November 2018
‘There may be dead ground in between’ goes the line in Henry Reed’s celebrated poem ‘Judging Distances’. Dead ground in military terms is terrain into which you cannot see. Your enemy might be concealed there. You do not know. We use the term metaphorically in a wide-ranging way. In our view war itself is dead ground, concealing victory and defeat from view, from those who instigate it and those who must engage in it.
The book’s perspective is essentially British and Irish, looking at patriotism, war-making, imperialism and colonialism, regime change and nation-building, past and present. There are also accounts of life on the home front, and glances at totalitarianism in both the Soviet and post-Soviet eras. Ground and place and landscape are key subjects too, as are Nature, human belonging and sensibility.
There are thirty contributions by celebrated war correspondents, photo-journalists, former soldiers, a former Foreign Office representative, a major architect, memoirists, essayists, artists, brilliant critics and established poets. They are arranged in reversed chronological order, broadly from Armistice Day 2018 to 1918, from Afghanistan to ‘Flanders Fields’, from the poppy as a cause of war to the poppy as a symbol of remembrance.
Jacket design by Paul Hodgson
Artwork: Detail from ‘Poppy’, watercolour by Gail McNeillie © 2018. Photograph of soldiers in Afghan poppy field by Tom Garside © 2018.
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No. 3 NORMAN ACKROYD by Andrew McNeillie£10.00Add to basket
Expanded and revised from Andrew McNeillie’s essay ‘The Last Surviving King of Elmet, or Wildness Regained’ that introduced two shows by Norman Ackroyd: Just be a Poet (The Fine Art Society, London, 2016) and The Western Shore – from Shetland to Co. Cork (The Verey Gallery, Eton College 27 April – 10 September 2017).
No. 2 Baltimore by Andrew Motion£5.00Add to basket
On the poet’s leaving his native land to settle in America. An ideal companion to his contribution to the Clutag Five Poems series.
No. 1 Ardnish by James Macdonald Lockhart£10.00 – £15.00Select options
A highly original exercise in ornithological observation and the historical investigation of place in which lyricism and factual precision combine to remarkable effect.
Iain Niall: Part of his Life – Andrew McNeillie£20.00Add to basket
Ian Niall was the pen name of John McNeillie (1916-2002). Between them they wrote more than forty books, over a period of as many years, from 1939 when at twenty-two John McNeillie published Wigtown Ploughman: Part of His Life, with Putnam of London and New York, a Scottish classic, a book that raised a national controversy, leading to housing reform. A new paperback edition, edited and introduced by Andrew McNeillie, is due from the Edinburgh publisher Birlinn in Autumn 2012.
My Childhood – John McNeillie£20.00Add to basket
‘I can remember quite clearly now a recuperating soldier singing me Gaelic songs but I can also remember small, insignificant things – the sound of a porridge pot bubbling; talk on a wet Sunday when the hills were veiled in mist; the clatter and laughter of dancers on the tiled floor of the kitchen when the vigour of their gyrations set up a draught that made the oil-lamp smoke.’
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