Where Poppies Blow by John Lewis Stempel

Where poppies blow

Award-winning author John Lewis Stempel’s added another trophy to his cabinet earlier in the year, winning the Wainwright Book Prize for nature and travel writing for Where Poppies Blow.

To celebrate the paperback publication we are giving 5 reading groups the chance to win a set of 10 books. All we ask in return is that you tell us what you think either by email, Goodreads/Amazon reviews and/or on Twitter @wnbooks and Facebook @WeidenfeldandNicolson because we’d love to know what you think!

About the book

During the Great War, soldiers lived inside the ground, closer to nature than many humans had lived for centuries. Animals provided comfort and interest to fill the blank hours in the trenches – bird-watching, for instance, was probably the single most popular hobby among officers. Soldiers went fishing in flooded shell holes, shot hares in no-man’s land for the pot, and planted gardens in their trenches and billets. Nature was also sometimes a curse – rats, spiders and lice abounded, and disease could be biblical.

But above all, nature healed, and, despite the bullets and blood, it inspired men to endure. Where Poppies Blow is the unique story of how nature gave the British soldiers of the Great War a reason to fight, and the will to go on.

Closing date: 17 September

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