[Reading] ➷ No Man's Land Author Sapper – Bassgrotto.co.uk

  • Paperback
  • 222 pages
  • No Man's Land
  • Sapper
  • English
  • 04 May 2019
  • 9781409967033

10 thoughts on “No Man's Land

  1. says:

    This book is amazing from horrific description of the western front to a nice crime yarn and some fantastic humour this must be the only author to make the reader laugh aloud while reading about World War One.

  2. says:

    This is why thriller author H C McNeile, creator of Bulldog Drummond wrote under the name of Sapper he originally gained fame writing of and during the first world war, drawing on his own experiences in the trenches This is Sapper s fourth collection of such stories The book is not just a straightforward collection of short stories, there are also atmospheric pieces and pieces of opinion Some of the stories are typically Sapper and largely comic, the colonel falling down a hole, in The man trap for instance others such as Morphia sentimental if effective and rather than perhaps I expected from Sapper There is one fairly long almost novella length piece in the part of the book he calls Seed time, the piece published elsewhere as Shorty Bill The book is a good example of the sort of material seen fit for home consumption during the war, the horrors of trench life are largely glossed over, there s plenty of anti German propaganda, lots of talk of doing the right thing, ultim...

  3. says:

    Great WW 1 stories about the front line soldier focus on the individuals than overall strategy what the things are like for the soldiers in the trenches About how terrifying they could be and how long stretches of boredom punctuated by moments of terror could break any man after a while

  4. says:

    In which I learned that real men don t sell Lisle stockings and lingerie for a livingMcNeile was a dab hand at lively dialogue but I m afraid that the patriotic digressions and the maudlin passages sank the book.

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No Man's LandHerman Cyril McNeile MC 1888 1937 Was A British Author, Who Published Under The Pen Name Sapper He Was Commissioned Into The Royal Engineers In 1907 And Was Sent To France In 1914 When World War I Broke Out McNeile Saw Action At Both The First And The Second Battle Of Ypres He Displayed Considerable Bravery, Was Awarded The Military Cross And Was Mentioned In Dispatches His First Known Published Works Were A Series Of Short War Stories Based On His Own Experiences, Published Under The Name Sapper In The Daily Mail Newspaper These Stories Were Immediately Successful And Later Sold Over 200,000 Copies Within A Year When Republished In Book Form He Was One Of The Most Successful British Popular Authors Of The Interwar Period In 1919, McNeile Resigned From The Army With The Rank Of Lieutenant Colonel And Became A Full Time Author, Publishing His First Novel, Mufti, In That Year He Is Mainly Remembered As The Author Of The Ten Bulldog Drummond Books The First Of Which Was Published In 1920 These Brought Him Public Recognition And Considerable Financial Success.

About the Author: Sapper

Herman Cyril McNeile, whose father was Malcolm McNeile, a Captain in the Royal Navy and, at who was at the time, governor of the naval prison at Bodmin, the town where Herman was born.McNeile was educated at Cheltenham College and the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich and was commissioned into the Royal Engineers in 1907 He went to France in 1914 when World War I broke out and he saw action at both the First and the Second Battle of Ypres where he displayed considerable bravery, was awarded the Military Cross and was mentioned in dispatches.His first known published work was a series of short war stories based on his own experiences, and published under the name Sapper in the Daily Mail and in the magazine The War Illustrated.These stories were immediately successful and later sold over 200,000 copies within a year when subsequently republished in book form His realistic writing proved most popular at a time of great stress and Lord Northcliff, the owner of the Daily Mail who recognised his talent, was so impressed by that he attempted, but failed, to have McNeile released from the army so he could work as a war correspondent.After the War was over, in 1919, McNeile resigned from the army with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and became a full time author, publishing his first novel, Mufti, in that year In 1922, he moved to Sussex and lived there for the rest of his life, having married Peggy Baird Douglas with whom he had two sons.He began the series for which he now best remembered, that of Hugh Bulldog Drummond in 1920 and thereafter he wrote 10 novels featuring his eponymous hero The public took to Drummond and McNeile had great financial success.The first book was adapted for the stage and produced, to great success, at Wyndham s Theatre during the 1921 1922 season with Gerald du Maurier playing the main character Films followed and the first talkie BullDog Drummond film in 1922 was reputed to have earned McNeile the vast sum of 750,000 There were 26 films made of his books.As well as Drummond, he wrote about Ronald Standish but the majority of his work was short stories that were published in various popular monthly magazines and continued to earn him good money Indeed, in addition to his novels, many of his books were short story collections.He was reputedly an unremittingly hearty man, who even his good friend and collaborator Gerard Fairlie, who continued the Drummond series after McNeile s death with seven further books, described as not everybody s cup of tea He died on August 14, 1937 at his home in Pulborough, West Sussex.His funeral, with full military honours, took place at Woking crematorium.Gerry Wolstenholme May 2010