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Simon Heffer on Britain in the Great War in Bath

Tuesday 1st October 2019

  • Venue The Bookshop, The Paragon, Bath, BA1 5LS
  • Doors open 7.45pm
  • Start time 8pm
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Simon Heffer’s greatly ambitious¬†Staring at God: Britain in the Great War follows Britain’s path from the day the fatal shots were fired at Sarajevo in June 1914 to the moment the guns finally fell silent on 11 November 1918. Drawing heavily on original material, he builds a fresh picture of how a government so keen to avoid conflict found itself not only championing it, and then sought ways of transforming the country to fight – and how, in the process, Britain was irrevocably changed.

Simon Heffer also considers the impact of the First World War on everyday life as people sought to cope with dwindling stocks of food and essential supplies, with conscription into the army or wartime industries, with the ever-present threat of family loss and, in Ireland, with the aftermath of the Easter Uprising. With this latest volume of his critically acclaimed history of modern Britain, Simon Heffer shows how the Great War changed Britain forever.