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"Other Ranks" by W V Tilsley

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Jim Clay
2 minutes ago, David Filsell said:

Apologies. Forget last question. It was published in 1931 in London by R Cobden-Sanderson who, apparently also publiished Blunden's  Undertones of War in 1928 as well as four other books by him. Thus I suppose Blunden was judged the right man for the job. I'm struggling to find an contemporary review of Other Ranks. Any pointers gratefully receives.

Regards

David

The link I posted includes a snippet of a review by the TLS.

 

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David Filsell

Jim,

Thanks for that I had found that interesting site, but had to failed to note the publishing date or the TLS review. Will try harder.

regards

David

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Jim Clay
38 minutes ago, David Filsell said:

Jim,

Thanks for that I had found that interesting site, but had to failed to note the publishing date or the TLS review. Will try harder.

regards

David

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David Filsell

Jim,

Thanks for that I had found that site, but failed to note the publishing date. The publisher was a small one with a relatively small output of books and I have a feeling that Blunden, who it also published, may have been instrumental in getting Tilsley published. I suspect it had a small print run.  Having trawled through my reasonably large collection of contemporary and modern books about or commenting on the Great War, Tilsley's seems to go book virtually unmentioned. It was of course published when disillusionment had set in and the peak in sales of books on the Great War had finished. Rereading the book for review in Stand To!, this new edition with its added research, underlines just how good the book was /is and the quality of its authorship. Equally the price and the quality of this new edition are amazing for 2019

Regards

David

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Dust Jacket Collector

For anyone still seeking the rare original, Tom Donovan has a copy in its dust jacket. It’s not yet on his website so you’ll need to give him a ring.

According to the new edition only a couple of hundred copies of the original were printed.

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David Filsell

DJ

That figure for original copies explains the rarity of the book and absence of comment about it in recent evaluations of Great War writing. Whilst any us enjoy originals, dust jackets, signatures etc, there is a lot to be said for the additional new material in this edition of Other Ranks. The recreation of the original dust jacket for this edition of the book is another nice touch too.

Regards

David

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Dust Jacket Collector
1 hour ago, David Filsell said:

DJ

That figure for original copies explains the rarity of the book and absence of comment about it in recent evaluations of Great War writing. Whilst any us enjoy originals, dust jackets, signatures etc, there is a lot to be said for the additional new material in this edition of Other Ranks. The recreation of the original dust jacket for this edition of the book is another nice touch too.

Regards

David

I wholeheartedly agree. It’s an excellent production, particularly with all the additional information regarding the author and the men he served with. Nice to have the original as well though.

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David Filsell

DJC!

Yes it would!!!!

Regards

David

 

 

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David Filsell
Posted (edited)

Well into the book now. The authorship and the author's insight hit the reader from page 1. It will be a pleasure to finish and , then, to review for Stand To!

It does seem as if the original number printed was just 200. I am so impressed by the book that may just cheat and for the first time put my review up on this thread before sending it of the the magazine.

Regards

David 

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pudsey63

I just bought it with my birthday voucher. thanks big sis! 

 

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