Next year will be the 100 year anniversary of the start of the first World War. One of the reasons I’m aware of this is the rush of publications on the subject. Kate Aide is probably better qualified than most to be writing about the legacy of war, and her new book ‘Fighting on the Home Front: The Legacy of Women in World War One’, paints a vivid picture of the extreme social changes which began as a direct result of the war. It’s a subject we’re probably all aware of, but Kate brought it to life with her clear take on the social reactions of the time, and her extensive research into the history of Bridport itself, and it’s part in the war effort. Apparently most of Bridport, as the net making capitol of the south, was engaged in the top secret work of designing and building huge submarine catching nets, a task which remained unreported for national security reasons, and was only recently unearthed.
This is the time for historical writing. As I mentioned previously, a great wave of WW1 related books are set to hit the bookshops this year and next, and never has there been so much fascination with documenting and recording our links to the past. Projects such as the BBC’s listening project have set about recording a verbal snapshot of Britain today, a social record of where we are now, and memoirs and historical fiction and non-fiction have never been so popular.
So if you have something historical to publish, a novel, a memoir or historical non-fiction, this is the right time to do it. Put your words together and drop us a line. You won’t find a better moment than now.