A Broken World

Letters, Diaries and Memories of the Great War

by Sebastian Faulks, Hope Wolf

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  • 9780099597797
  • 9781473522527

EDITED BY THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF BIRDSONG

‘The First World War anthology for our time’ Evening Standard

2018 marks the centenary of the end of World War One. As we look back over a century later, A Broken World, edited by Sebastian Faulks and Dr Hope Wolf, offers an unprecedented insight into the Great War as it was experienced and remembered.

A lieutenant writes of digging through bodies that have the consistency of Camembert cheese; a mother sends flower seeds to her son at the Front, hoping that one day someone may see them grow; a nurse tends a man back to health knowing he will be court-martialled and shot as soon as he is fit. A Broken World is a selection of diaries, letters and memories – many of which have never been published - from ordinary people to names that have become synonymous with the war, such as Siegfried Sassoon and T.E. Lawrence. Powerful and unforgettable, this is an original and illuminating anthology of writing on the Great War.

‘The selections have extraordinary literary power…they speak with distinctive voices, which echo in the mind.’ Daily Telegraph


  • Random House; November 2015
  • ISBN: 9781473522527
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  • Title: A Broken World
  • Author: Sebastian Faulks (ed.); Hope Wolf (ed.)
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
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  • 9780099597797
  • 9781473522527

In The Press

"the pleasure of the book is in the straightforward human responses . . . simplicity scores higher than writerly rhetoric"


About The Author

Sebastian Faulks (Edited by)
Sebastian Faulks was born in April 1953. Before becoming a full-time writer in 1991, he worked as a journalist. Sebastian Faulks’s books include A Possible Life, Human Traces, On Green Dolphin Street, Engleby, Birdsong, A Week in December and Where My Heart Used to Beat.

Hope Wolf (Edited by)
Hope Wolf is a Research Fellow in English at Girton College, the University of Cambridge. Her main interests are in modern and contemporary literature, life writing and culture. She holds a PhD from King’s College London, and her doctoral research focused on archives at the Imperial War Museum.

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ISBNs
  • 9780099597797
  • 9781473522527