In the early years of the 20th century, a war between the nations of Europe seemed inevitable. When it eventually came in 1914, it was greeted with considerable enthusiasm. Military and political leaders thought that a short, sharp war would bring stability to world affairs. But the Great War of 1914–1918 lasted four long years and its outcome was in doubt even to the very end.
Nine out of ten soldiers survived, but for many, the physical and mental scars would never heal. This ‘Lost Generation’ had been forced to grow up quickly and confront ever more ingenious killing methods. After the war, many felt that ‘the flower of youth’ and ‘the best of the nation’ had been destroyed. For those that did survive, the world had changed forever.
Produced by award-winning author Martyn Barr, The Lost Generation is the story of the First World War, from its origins in a far-flung corner of Europe to its bloody and bitter conclusion, and written especially for today’s generation of young people.
You can buy copies from our online store, priced £5.99 including FREE postage and packing, or from book shops. Fifty pence from the sale of each book will be donated to The Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.
Dr Will Butler, Department of Modern History, University of Kent at Canterbury
“I was pleased to lend my support to this project to ensure that the current generation recognises the huge sacrifices made by their forebears 100 years ago to secure their freedom. The government has pledged to fund an educational programme to create an enduring legacy and I think this book supports that admirably. Martyn presents a brutally honest account of the First World War, and has pitched it perfectly for a teenage audience. He has managed to achieve this without dumbing down the material in any way, so I’m sure adults will enjoy reading it too.”
Hugo Fenwick, High Sheriff of Kent 2014