by Richard Van Emden & Stephen Chambers
(Bloomsbury 2015, ISBN 978 1 4088 5615 4, 344pp, illustrated, hardback, £25.00)
This fantastic book, packed with previously unseen images of the campaign in Gallipoli, is not just a photo book, it is a consice and fascinating insight into the events in 1915 packed with first hand accounts of those who were there. The authors are jointly known for their work on the Great War: Chambers the author of numerous battlefield guides to Gallipoli and Van Emden one of our most gifted oral historians of WW1. So they both bring great value to this book, which despite the huge number of previously published works on Gallipoli, brings a fresh perspective to a fascinating and haunting part of the Great War. The photographs themselves are well chosen and highly absorbong: the very rare image of the boats rowing the 1st Lancashire Fusiliers into W Beach kept me spellbound for quite some time as somewhere in there is my grandfather. And this is what will appeal to many readers: these are extraordinary photographs of ordinary men in the madness of the Gallipoli campaign and as such open a new door to our understanding of events a century ago.
The book is available from the Bloomsbury website.