The Book.

The book, based on Harry's blog, is complete and, this week was sent to the publishers.

The publication date has been set for April 2nd, but already it's available for pre-order at a significant discount from major booksellers.

It's certainly very exciting for me. There has been much more work to complete it than I ever imagined. The blog needed to be completely reorganised and largely re-written (Not Harry's letters!) A book is, of course, a very different medium. Hopefully, I've captured the spirit and simplicity of the original, using the same material but with a totally fresh approach and a more rigorous application to research. (I can hardly ask readers of the book to check the details for me)

As any cook will tell you, the same ingredients can make many dishes.




It would appear to be available world-wide from Amazon so it does seem to be really happening!

The next project, for the new year, is to prepare a school text book on World War One, using Harry's experiences as a scaffold. The target audience will be 11 to 14 years old. At least then, I'll be on familiar ground.

10 comments:

mrchristian said...

Congratulations on such a great project. I look forward to seeing the book here in Canada.

What in the world would Harry think of all this fuss ?! Now a book, no less !

I can't wait to see if Harry makes it home for the holidays !

Mrs. Johnson, Teacher-Librarian said...

Congratulations, Bill! This is a wonderful achievement. I look forward to seeing the book here in Canada, too.

Marcy said...

I'm all set to buy it when it's ready here in the US. Will you do a speaking tour when it's published here? I'd like to chat with you about a stop here..!!

Anonymous said...

I've pre-ordered! Can't wait to see the finished book!

Anonymous said...

This book looks fantastic! i've been a loyal reader of Harry's since reading about his blog on MSNBC over a year ago.

Should you ever make it back to the US (specifically the Philadelphia area), please post when online. I would be interested in speaking with you.

--Pete from the US

Anonymous said...

Hope you can now relax and enjoy christmas and the New Year. thank you so much for all you've put into the 'blog'.

Presumably, if Harry does make it for Christmas, there'll be no letters, but at least we won't be as worried as last year. However, there was the flu ...

Bryan's workshop blog said...

Congratulations! It's so exciting to see yet another blog->book translation.

Francie said...

Its been a pleasure reading about Harry my Great Grandfather Pte John Campbell 5th Cameron Highlanders served also but never saw the end of the war d.o.w 5th Oct 1918 all we have is 1 letter and the telegram so it was a pleasure to read and maybe understand what these poor men went through thanks and i look forward to reading the book.
Yours Francis Lopez

Oogie McGuire said...

Any chance it will be available in a kindle format?

I'd love to get it if it is.

Janell said...

I await the stamps ordered soon after they were available and look forward to ordering the book, when Amazon notifies me of it's availablility, here in the USA.

How disappointing for Harry to not be in the group sent to Tavernelle for discharge. Will wait for his next letter.....