Clive Aslet is an award-winning writer and journalist, acknowledged as a leading authority on Britain and its way of life. In 1977 he joined the magazine Country Life, was for 13 years its Editor and is now Editor at Large. He writes extensively for papers such as the Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Daily Mail and the Sunday Times, and often broadcasts on television and radio. A well-known campaigner on the countryside and other issues, he has studied the debate about climate change since attending the Kyoto Protocol negotiations in 1997. He is on the candidates list for the Conservative Party and seeking a seat to fight.
Clive’s first book The Last Country Houses was published in 1982. Since then he has written on architecture in the United States, on British identity, on the countryside and on the House of Lords. Lady Antonia Fraser, reviewing Landmarks of Britain, published in 2005, called it ‘a brilliant, far-ranging enterprise’. Jenny Uglow wrote that his latest book, The English House, ‘is a thorough treat’: Clive is ‘the perfect guide’ to the subject, ‘combining long experience with a light touch.’ Clive’s most recent book is Villages of Britain, a history of the countryside, told through five hundred of its most noteworthy settlements.
Clive’s latest book, War Memorial: The Story of One Village’s Sacrifice from 1914 to 2003, was published by Penguin in October 2012 in hardback, with the paperback following in October 2013.
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WAR MEMORIAL: THE STORY OF ONE VILLAGE’S SACRIFICE FROM 1914 TO 2003
Who were the men and women whose names are commemorated on war memorials around the country? Where did they live – and how and why did they die?
Such questions usually go unanswered, but this book for the first time unravels the story of one war memorial, in the Dartmoor village of Lydford. Through original documents, Clive Aslet traces in vivid detail the lives of the twenty-two men, and one woman, who made the supreme sacrifice fighting for Britain in the two World Wars, the Falklands and Iraq.
The result is an intimate portrait of one corner of the countryside in the twentieth century, and an extraordinary tale of the endurance and bravery of otherwise ordinary people – farmers, masons, railway-workers, landowners, schoolchildren – who, but for the war memorial, would be forgotten.
War Memorial is about the people who laid down their lives for us, and who will always be remembered.
PUBLICATION DATE: 25th October 2012