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The Middle Parts of Fortune/Her Privates We by F Manning

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Maureene

The Middle Parts of Fortune, Somme & Ancre, 1916 also published as Her Privates We by Frederic Manning, published 1929

It is available as a transcription pdf to download from the University of Sydney Digital Collection

http://purl.library.usyd.edu.au/setis/id/manmidd

An autobiography written as a novel.

Article about the book: http://insidestory.org.au/an-outsider-at-war

Cheers

Maureen

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WhiteStarLine

Thanks Maureen, I didn't even realise he was Australian born. It is a great book and I have downloaded the PDF to read again.

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archangel9

Have it on my bookshelf but a pdf copy might come in handy sometime.

Thanks Maureen

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Dust Jacket Collector

He also wrote a volume of War-time' verse called 'Eidola'.

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Maureene

Thanks for the update Mike. 

 

The Sydney University website above, says that Her Privates We is an expurgated version.

 

Cheers

Maureen

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spof

Apparenty, Middle Parts was originally a privately published, limited run for his friends. It was so well received that they convinced him to publicly publish it. To do that, he had to remove the swearing - at least the F word and possibly an occurrence or 2 of the C word.

 

As the text had changed, he gave it a new title both of which are from Shakespeare.

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pierssc

Thank you for posting this Maureen; I hadn't come across this book before, but downloaded it following your post coming to the surface again recently and have almost finished reading it.  It is fascinating, well ahead of its time and throws a lot of light on all that seemingly aimless marching around one reads about in official war diaries.

Edited by pierssc
Clarification as to how long it is taking me to read it!

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