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Potential ‘Voices of the First World War’ book for Kent

Do you know someone who is researching and writing the history of the First World War in your local area?  If so, then this may be a great opportunity for them to contribute to a county-wide book.

Amberley Publishing are currently looking at commissioning a series of books entitled ‘Voices of the First World War’. These will tell the story of the war in different counties across England, and will be published to tie in with the approaching centenary in 2014.

They are looking at compiling letters, diaries, and other contemporary literature from a range of ‘voices’ – those fighting abroad and living on the home front – into a book about Kent’s First World War. Kent was one of the most important sites of the war in Britain, and they would love to include it in their series.

The book Amberley Publishing are proposing will be largely made up of contemporary material, so the task would primarily involve typing up, arranging and editing the contemporary manuscripts, selecting images and photographs, and writing a short introduction to each section. Dependent on material, the book would probably be split into themes such as men at war, women at war, living at home, the front line, and what happened afterwards.

Amberley Publishing are a leading publisher of local history titles, and also have a strong track record in general history. They focus largely on British history, and consequently, are very interested in the effect of the First World War on home soil. A book on the subject would serve to increase public engagement in Kent culture and heritage, and would help focus media attention on the county as one of the major remembrance sites for the centenary. They are aware of the huge importance of a project such as this one. It is vital to record these ‘voices’ and allow them to tell their story, particularly as there are sadly few remaining who are able to remember this time.

Christian Duck, Editor at Amberley Publishing would like to hear from anyone who may be interested in, and have the expertise for, such a project.  If you are interested and want to find out more about the work involved or royalty rates, please contact Christian Duck directly on c.duck@amberley-books.com

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