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Letters From The Trenches

Extent: 192 pages

Size: 216x135mm

Publication Date:

Price: £14.99

ISBN: 9781843173731

Categories: Autobiography & Memoir, Science - History - Philosophy

About the Book

Harry Lamin was born in Derbyshire in 1877 and left school at thirteen to work in the lace industry, but by December 1916 he had been conscripted into the 9th Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment and sent to war. Harry's letters home to his family describe the conflict with a poignant immediacy, even ninety years on, detailing everything from the action in battle to the often amusing incidents of life amongst his comrades. Throughout the letters, Harry's tone is unwaveringly stoical, uncomplaining and goodhumoured. Letters From The Trenches is a fitting tribute to the unsung heroes of the Great War who fought and endured and returned home, and the one in six who did not. The letters describe the war through the eyes of those who really lived it, bringing the horrors and triumphs to life for the twenty-first-century reader. Edited by Harry's grandson, Bill, Letters From The Trenches tells the moving story of a brave, selfless and honourable man who endured everything that the war could throw at him, and still came up smiling.

Extent: 224pages

Size: 214x135mm

Publication Date: 03/10/2013

Price: £9.99

ISBN: 9781782431145

Categories: Autobiography & Memoir, Science - History - Philosophy

About the Book

Publication Date: 28/02/2012

Price: £1.99

ISBN: 9781843178323

Categories: Autobiography & Memoir, Science - History - Philosophy

About the Book

About the Author

Bill Lamin was born in 1948 in the same East Midlands town as his grandfather, the subject of the book. He was educated at Nottingham High School, Welbeck College, the army's sixth form and the Royal Military Acadamy at Sandhurst. Before commissioning, Bill decided against a Military career and left to read Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College London. He was employed as an aerospace engineer before converting to teaching, becoming Head of Computing at a Cornish Comprehensive school until the summer of 2008. Bill surfs, plays Sunday football (both to a modest standard) and plays the guitar, just about well enough to support a pub gig. Letters From The Trenches is his first book for Michael O'Mara Books.


  • 'Describes the conflict with poignant immediacy, bringing the horrors and triumph of the trenches to the 21st century reader', Daily Mail
  • 'Beautifully and humorously told', BBC Country File
  • 'Stoic, uncomplaining and good humoured letters home from some of the worst spots of the First World War', The Bookseller
  • 'Through Harry Lamin's letters, edited by his grandson, we see the life of the 'PBI' - the Poor Bloody Infantry - the tough, tolerant, enduringly good-humoured men who bore the brunt of the cataclysm that broke upon Europe in 1914', Military History Monthly
  • 'A fascinating insight into the lives of those soldiers at the front', Evergreen