Our ‘Book of the Week’ features a recent publication that one or more of our booksellers has enjoyed reading. We hope you will enjoy it too.

Our current Book of the Week is
‘Where Poppies Blow’
by John Lewis-Stempel

The natural history of the Western Front during WW1, by the award-winning author of ‘Meadowland’. The unique story of the British soldiers of the Great War and their relationship with the animals and plants around them. As the world marks the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele this week, Where Poppies Blow offers a fresh and unique take on the experiences of British soldiers in the First World War.

‘Private Stephen Graham made a pilgrimage to the Western Front in the early 1920s, and was witness to its transformation:

“After a mile or so farmhouses and cultivation cease and one enters the terrible battle area of Passchendaele, all pits, all tangled with corroded wire – but now as if it were in tumultuous conflict with Nature…”‘

page 308 ‘Where Poppies Blow’ by John Lewis-Stempel

John Lewis-Stempel accepting The Wainright Book Prize 2017