464 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 in
June 4, 2010
Random House UK
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 075351964X
ISBN - 13: 9780753519646
From the Publisher
A unique record of an extraordinary year in British history, coinciding with a major exhibition at the Imperial War Museum Published in partnership with the Imperial War Museum to coincide with their major exhibition marking the seventieth anniversary of the outbreak of the war, which will run from late August 2009 - December 2010Book will be trailed after the ITV one-off documentary on 3rd SeptemberIntroduction by Melvyn BraggIncludes personal stories from both regular men and women, and those who were directly involved in the lead up to the declaration of war, including Neville Chamberlain, King George VI and Winston ChurchillFeatures never-before seen black and white and full-color photographs from the Imperial War Museum's collection It is 11:15 am on 3 September 1939. The nation gathers around their radios to hear Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain make the announcement they have feared for months: Britain is at war with Germany. Seventy years on from that historic day, this is the definitive history of the build-up to, outbreak and first few months of World War Two, from the events of early 1939, right through to the first war-time Christmas. Drawing on the Imperial War Museum's extensive archives, this book will feature the personal stories of real men and women who lived through the startling events of that year, as well as those who were actively involved in the political negotiations and their aftermath. Featuring numerous photographs and the voices of key players, as well as contributions from well-known figures who were directly affected by the build up to and outbreak of war, this will be a unique document of an extraordinary year in our history.
About the Author
Melvyn Bragg is a writer and broadcaster. His novels include The Hired Man, for which he won the Time/Life Silver Pen Award, Without a City Wall, winner of the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, The Soldier's Return, winner of the WHSmith Literary Award, A Son of War and Crossing the Lines, both of which were longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and most recently Grace and Mary. He has also written several works of non-fiction, the latest being The Book of Books about the King James Bible. He lives in London and Cumbria.