Out of all the books I’ve read about the #GreatWar Lyn MacDonald’s histories stand out; readable, warm and packed with the minutiae of human experience set against solid historical background. I know some historians have concerns regarding the use of oral history, especially when elicited many years after the event, but it is these stories that make MacDonald’s work so valuable to the writer of #historical fiction. The titular Roses of No Man’s Land are the nurses that served in France but the remit of the books extends to all Fronts and includes the unsung work of orderlies, stretcher bearers and ambulance drivers. The final section chronicles the desperate days of early 1918 when the staff of Casualty Clearing Stations fled before the advancing enemy, through the incomprehensible cruelty of the influenza epidemic to the confused emotions of the Armistice. I can only hope that the book I am writing will do justice to those final months of #WW1. #amreading #amwriting #writinginspiration #amresearchingformynovel
Hannah Hulme Hunter
Writer of literary historical fiction set in the Great War (First World War). Revising my first book, writing the next, seeking representation. Mountaineer, gardener, traveller, off-road runner. Africa, modern history, coffee, roses, and unrealistic romance. NHS midwife in a former life.