The Wet Flanders Plain

Henry Williamson's 1928 return to the Western Front


Henry Williamson


Faber & Faber, London, 1929
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Printing Details

First trade edition (this copy issued as a Revised Edition after a limited edition of 1928). Hardback, bound in black cloth with gilt titling to spine. 19 × 12.5cm, 148pp.

In 1928, Henry Williamson and another unnamed veteran revisited the battlefields of Flanders and Northern France. In Williamson's own words he wanted to 'return to my old comrades... to the brown, the treeless, the flat and grave-set plain of Flanders—to the rolling, heat-miraged downlands of the Somme—for I am dead with them, and they live in me again.' He wanted to be rid of the 'wraith of the war'. As he continued to be haunted by his experiences as a soldier, and continued to write at length about the Great War in both fiction and non-fiction works, it is doubtful if he was successful in that but what he does give us is a memoir that, as one reviewer put it, 'emerges from the mass of War books as the most beautiful and the most terrible.'


A good reading copy. Ex-Boots library with faint mark of shield to upper board. Cloth rubbed to corners and spine ends and small patch of fraying to the front joint. Previous owner's name to the front pastedown but internally a very sound copy and in strong readable condition.


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