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. Clive writes extensively for papers including the Daily Telegraph, the Daily Mail and the Spectator, is a frequent broadcaster on television and radio, and is well-known as a campaigner on the countryside and other issues.
Clive’s latest book War Memorial resurrects the lives of the individuals named on Lydford village war memorial in Devon, a memorial chosen at random but which tells the story of every man at war.
Among many other topics, Clive has written on country houses, architecture in the United States, on British identity, on the countryside and on the House of Lords. Clive has contributed to the Today programme, PM, Midweek, Newsnight and many documentaries. His first novel, set in Salonika — the Casablanca of the First World War — is published in 2014.
Clive divides his time between Pimlico in central London and Ramsgate on the Kent coast. He likes talking, eating and the arts.
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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