And talking about books, and history, and weird stories, here’s a quick heads-up, waiting for the time for me to expand on the subject.
Today sees the launch of Bretherton, actually the reissue, by Casemate/Open Road Media, of a novel originally called Bretherton: Khaki or Field Grey?.
The book was written by W.F. Morris and published in 1929.
In November 1918, as the Germans are in their final retreat, a British raiding party under fire follows the sound of piano music and stumbles across an eerie scene in a ruined chateau. A German officer lies dead at the keys, next to a beautiful woman, also deceased, in full evening dress. But what makes their discovery especially strange is that the man is the spitting image of G. B. Bretherton, a British officer missing in action.
The novel was very popular in its time, and was called the finest novel about the Great War. And indeed, with its mix of trench warfare drama, espionage, divided loyalties and mystery, it is a great summer read1.
I will post my review in a few days, but to be quick and concise, I might just say Morris’ novel is as good as vintage Eric Ambler (that, incidentally, called it one of the five best spy stories ever written).
Highly recommended (by both Eric Ambler and me!)
Check it out.
- I was lucky enough to get an Advance Reader Copy of the new edition. ↩