The story of a teenage soldier serving at Winston Churchill’s side, in the trenches of WW1 Flanders and beyond. Second edition published December 2018, revised to include newly-discovered historical detail.
Lying about his age to join the army, Edinburgh teenager Jamie Melville comes to the attention of his battalion’s new colonel, Winston Churchill, who is seeking redemption in the trenches as an ordinary soldier after his resignation over the Dardanelles fiasco in 1915. Jamie becomes the colonel’s new ‘batman’ and is soon thrust into the line of fire.
After the conflict, Churchill returns to the cabinet and Jamie’s service continues as assistant to Winston’s private secretary. In this new world, he will learn how to do battle on a very different front, and meet some of the extraordinary characters who inhabit wartime London – all whilst trying to piece together his broken family, and fighting for a life he can call his own.
“Woodburn offers an excellent portrayal of Churchill ... a novel not to be missed.”
— Finest Hour magazine
“An outstanding book ... Memorable, eminently readable, and thoroughly enjoyable.”
— Undiscovered Scotland
Date Published: 2018-12-12
Catalogue Number: VP0135
Number of Pages: 274
Cover design by Jamie McGarry
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