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Proof at last


bmac

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Well, about three weeks later than expected, the proof copy of the book dropped through the letter box this morning (slightly untrue that. It's so damn big it was left in the porch, but never mind). It's a strange feeling to have something you have worked on for six years resting in one's hands. Lump in the throat time. From my days in the music business I have plenty of albums on which I played and co-wrote songs but this book means more to me than they do - this is, after all, all my own work.

Anyway, I have placed an order for an initial print run (in the tens not the hundreds!) and now hope that I might come close to breaking even on the project.

Seeing this project come to fruition has helped me make a decision about doing another one. I have already started work: the list of files at the National Archives, Liddle Collection and IWM is already complete and visits are being planned. Several battalion histories and other relevant books have been located. A Roll of Honour of the men who died is complete apart from the CWGC details. Bloody hell, the first 2,500 words have even been written. This time, though, I am going to try to work to a more precise timetable and have set myself a deadline of next May (which is a bit optimistic as this is one one sixth of the time 'Pro Patria Mori' took!). And the subject? Well, it only seems fair to complete the 'other half' of the Gommecourt attack. So, '"A Lack of Offensive Spirit" - The 46th (North Midland) Division at Gommecourt, 1st July 1916' will be the next off the production line. And disproving Gen Snow's disgraceful slander of the men of the North Midlands will be high on the agenda!

Off to work we go...

Web site: http://www.gommecourt.co.uk

'Pro Patria Mori: the 56th (1st London) Division at Gommecourt, 1st July 1916' available from May '06

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armourersergeant

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Bill,

It must be a great feeling to have the end product in ya hands, now lets get the sales up so you can fingers up to those daft sods who wanted to cut half the book, and didnt realise that it would destroy the whole aim of the book.

46th next and soil Snow's name, well may not enjoy the journey on that one for obvious reasons, though truth will out!

regards

Arm

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armourersergeant

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Bill,

It must be a great feeling to have the end product in ya hands, now lets get the sales up so you can fingers up to those daft sods who wanted to cut half the book, and didnt realise that it would destroy the whole aim of the book.

46th next and soil Snow's name, well may not enjoy the journey on that one for obvious reasons, though truth will out!

regards

Arm

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Arm,

Thanks for the message. Should have copies for sale the week after next.

Getting quite excited about the North Midland project. Nothing like a bit of intrigue. Now, if only I could find out whether the King kept any of Stuart-Wortley's letters and, if so, where they might be? Fun, fun, fun. :D

Bill

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Congratulations on the end product of so much time and effort!!

Cheers

Kim

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