This striking collection of poems and voices, framed by sensitive and accomplished narration from Cliff Michelmore, truly evokes the atmosphere of being at war and the feelings and aspirations of those embroiled in it.
Charting the pain, passion, fear, loneliness and even humour of the men whose lives were irrevocably changed or, tragically, taken by World War Two, this collection is both enjoyable as exquisite poetry and also as an education for current and future generations. Contributions come from all over the world reflecting the vast scale and wide-reaching impact of war. Contributors include Dirk Bogarde, Michael Thwaites from Australia, Uys Krige, the reporter poet from South Africa, Les Cleveland from New Zealand, the Gaelic poet Sorley Maclean, Quintin Hogg and many more. Sensitively read by a talented cast of actors, comedians, singers and politicians including Martin Jarvis, Rosalind Ayres, Lord Denis Healey, Paul McGann, Richard Todd, Barry Humphries, T.P. McKenna, Phil Collins and Spike Milligan. The Best of Second World War Poetry is a must for poetry lovers and the understanding of war; to be shared and treasured for many generations to come.Bagpipe music by Pipe Major Tom Smith.