Jane Austen goes to War

Another curio for Jane Austen’s birthday anniversary. Definitely in the I didn’t know category.

The Curious Archaeologist

Two hundred and forty years ago today Jane Austen was born. As many of you know I am an ardent admirer of her work, and consider her wonderful books as a brilliant window onto her times. But I am not going to consider that period today, rather go back only one hundred years, when her works found a new, and surprising audience.


By 1915 the First World War had settled down, the trench lines had been established, effectively cutting Europe into two, and the British Army faced an unexpected problem – Boredom!

For most of the time, along that long line from the North Sea to the Alps, nothing happened. Troops were marched down to the front line trenches, waited there for a day or two and marched back. There was only so much training that could be done, and soon the authorities realised that something was needed. Various…

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About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published three books - Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle, My Father and Other Liars and Salisbury Square. In addition I published an anthology of short stories, Life, in a Grain of Sand this summer. A fourth book will be out soon. This started life as a novel in a week on this blog and will follow later this year. I blog about all sorts at geofflepard.com and welcome all comments. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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3 Responses to Jane Austen goes to War

  1. gordon759 says:

    Many thanks for reblogging my post

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  2. Great reading with my breakfast, thank you

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  3. Charli Mills says:

    Reading your brother’s posts at Christmas is like exploring my Victorian Jacquie Lawson Advent Calendar. 🙂

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