Forever England: The Life of Rupert Brooke

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Rupert Brooke became for many the embodiment of a generation that was all but wiped out between 1914 and 1918. He became a legend largely due to one of his sonnets: "If I should die, think only this of me / That there's some corner of a foreign field that is forever England". The poem, and all that it represented, became the focal point of a nation's grief for its lost youth. Brooke died in 1915 on board ship in the Aegean Sea on his way to fight at Gallipoli. Winston Churchill wrote his obituary. In this book, Mike Read writes about Brooke's days from his life at Rugby, through his time at King's College, Cambridge, to The Orchard, The Old Vicarage, Grantchester, America, Canada, the South Seas and the Great War. His poems emerge dramatically from a tangled love life, a nervous breakdown, an eminent circle of friends, Fabian politics and a South Seas love affair that produced a previously unrecorded daughter.

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As a radio host, songwriter, journalist and television presenter, Mike Read's career has spanned many decades and vocations. His stints at the helm of iconic shows such as Top of the Pops and The Radio One Breakfast Show, as well as collaborations with the greats of media, music, and broadcasting, have cemented his status as a household name for over thirty years. With a plethora of shows, musicals and books to his name, Mike continues to delight audiences with daily radio programmes for the BBC and Magic, and a regular reviewer slot on Sky News. He lives in Henley, Oxfordshire.

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"I am twenty-six years old [today]," Brooke wrote to a girlfriend, "And I've done so little." It was August 3, 1913, a year and a day before England would enter WWI. A young Apollo to his generation, Brooke would have only one more birthday, dying of septicemia en route to Gallipoli. His Byronic personality and looks, and his early death, gave his thin literary achievement a sentimental appeal that overshadowed that of more substantial wartime poets. Read's 22nd book (he is also an English broadcaster and composer) cannot replace Christopher Hassell's 1964 life, the standard work before it went out of print. Read exposes a brief Tahitian romance that resulted in an unacknowledged child, but otherwise this biography is inadequately researched, repetitious and padded with local history and irrelevant asides. Its wooden prose includes such sentences as this: "He eventually would live there, but that was in the future." Seventy-one of Brooke's poems appear, mostly in full; among them is the famous "The Solider," which prophesies his burial in "some corner of a foreign field"Ait would be the Greek island of SkyrosAthat would become "forever England." Illustrations.
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