When the First World War broke out, the Post Office was the biggest employer in the world, with its own company of volunteer part-time soldiers, The Post Office Rifles. Suddenly catapulted into conflict, ordinary postmen and messenger boys found themselves in the trenches of the Western Front, hoping that their own letters would reach home - and relying on the letters and parcels they received for comfort and much-needed boosts to morale.
By the war's end, 1,500 of them had been killed. Using the personal stories, letters and diary entries of the men who joined the Post Office Riffles, this is a moving account of how the war touched the lives of ordinary people - how it changed communities, how women took up men's work, and, of course, the vital role the mail played in winning the war. Foreword written by Alan Johnson MP.
About the Author
Duncan Barrett studied English at Cambridge and is a writer and editor, specialising in biography and memoir. He is the author of The Sugar Girls, which was a Sunday Times top ten bestseller for three weeks, ranked #2 in the history bestsellers of 2012. It is currently under option for TV/film adaptation. This was followed in 2013 by GI Brides, which deals with women who married American GIs during WW2 and began a new life with them in post-war America. This is also under option for TV adaptation.
'If it doesn't become a TV series to rival Call the Midwife, I'll take my tea with ten sugars.' Daily Mail on The Sugar Girls 'Apart from the strength of the individual stories, one of the richest things about this book is the detail...' Bel Mooney, Daily Mail on GI Brides
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 1st August 2014
Publisher: AA Publishing
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 15.0 x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.34