This is the story of three soldiers: one British, one American and one German and how the grave of the unknown soldier and the ritual of Remembrance Day came to be.
Neil Hanson is the author of three acclaimed works of narrative history- The Custom of the Sea, The Dreadful Judgement and The Confident Hope of a Miracle. He lives in Yorkshire with his family.
"'Neil Hanson's prose (has) an almost unbearable poignancy... A beautifully illustrated book that has all the sombre grandeur of the Beethoven funeral march" Sunday Times "Of all the books I've read on WWI, this really brought home the experience. If I were to nominate a top pick, this would be it" Publishing News "His researches yield an astonishing mine of information, which Hanson, a non-academic historian and an excellent writer, skilfully blends into an absorbing and consistently moving narrative framework. fascinating" Literary Review "'One of the best books I've read on the insanity of life in the trenches.'" Daily Mail