A homage to the courage and determination of the men and women who cared for -- and saved the lives of -- the hundreds of thousands of British soldiers who were wounded at the Western Front.
Wounded is the story of a journey: from injury on the battlefield to recovery in Britain. It is the story of the soldiers themselves, from the aid post in the trenches to the casualty clearing station in the rear, from the base hospital to the ambulance train returning them to Blighty. But it is also the story of those who cared for them -- stretcher bearers and medical officers, surgeons and chaplains, nurses and ambulance drivers. People on the verge of collapse, overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of casualties and terrible injuries who, with determination and improvisation, saved hundreds of thousands of lives.Wounded is the story of the men and women who made it possible.
"An original and absorbing account... [Mayhew] has a marvellous eye for quirky and horrifying detail... Absolutely compelling" -- Peter Parker Times Literary Supplement "Mayhew deftly describes such daily horrors as shattered jaws and severed arteries, filthy uniforms and decay. What takes the book beyond the standard accounts of the trenches, however, is its depiction of how such terrible circumstances forced people to respond in remarkable ways" -- Victoria Segal Guardian "Wounded is a powerful and descriptive read, and through it I found a greater understanding of what it was to be part of that war" -- Sarah Mullally Church Times "Among the many books commemorating the conflict, one stands out for its specialisation. This is Wounded... Mayhew is to be commended for giving us these testimonies" -- Colin Gardiner Oxford Times "A fascinating read" -- Stephen Coulson Lady
Published: 6th March 2014
Publisher: Random House
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.1 x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.22