The Secret Battle
A P Herbert's novel of the Great War
Third edition, hardback, bound in the original blue cloth with gilt titling to spine and gilt signature to upper board. 17.5 × 10.5cm, viii, 216pp + ads.
In The Secret Battle A. P. Herbert tells the story of an idealistic, young officer called Harry Penrose. First in Gallipoli, then in the trenches of France, he is tested and brought to breaking point as he battles to retain the ideals of military glory, duty and courage amidst the daily grinding miseries of the trenches. It lays bare the real horrors of the First World War without melodrama, or sensationalism. The author tells his tale not with indignant protest, but with a sad resignation making this a haunting and deeply moving book.
A good copy. There is a slight lean to the spine and the pages are lightly foxed throughout but the book remains perfectly readable.