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Issue Details: First known date: 2006... 2006 Somme Mud : The War Experiences of an Infrantryman in France, 1916-1919
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'"It's the end of the 1916 winter and the conditions are almost unbelievable. We live in a world of Somme mud. We sleep in it, work in it, fight in it, wade in it and many of us die in it. We see it, feel it, eat it and curse it, but we can't escape it, not even by dying."

'Private Edward Lynch was just 18 when he enlisted in the army. When he returned to Australia almost three years later, he wrote Somme Mud, a vivid account of the horrific realities of trench warfare from an ordinary infantryman's point of view: the traumatised soldiers and ravaged landscapes, the curious mixture of hatred, empathy and admiration for the equally naive enemy soldiers, the disillusionment and the camaraderie.

'Lynch's candour and down-to-earth wit make Somme Mud engaging for any reader, while archival photographs, a full glossary and editor Will Davies' explanatory chapter introductions make this edition an illuminating text for students. As well as a memoir of one man's experience of war, Somme Mud is an evocative record of the language and attitudes of early twentieth century Australia.' (From the publisher's website, 2010 ed.)

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Notes

  • Private Edward Lynch, an Australian infantryman, typed up his account of his experiences in France following the war. In 2002, Lynch's grandson lent the manuscript to Will Davies who edited it for publishing.
  • Dedication: This narrative is dedicated to the sons of the diggers of the First A.I.F. in the hope that they will strive to recapture and perpetuate the digger spirit of the older A.I.F.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Milsons Point, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Random House Australia , 2006 .
      image of person or book cover 7955984548895320444.jpg
      Image courtesy of publisher's website.
      Extent: [xvi], 347p., [16]p. of platesp.
      Description: illus., maps, ports
      ISBN: 1741665477
Alternative title: Somme Mud : An Australian Teenager in the First World War
    • North Sydney, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Random House Australia , 2010 .
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      This image has been sourced from online.
      Extent: ix, 342p.p.
      Edition info: Young readers' edition.
      Description: illus., maps, ports
      Note/s:
      • Publication date: 1 April 2010.
      ISBN: 9781741664522 (pbk.)

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Works about this Work

Untitled Amanda Worlley , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Fiction Focus : New Titles for Teenagers , vol. 24 no. 3 2010; (p. 60-61)

— Review of Somme Mud : The War Experiences of an Infrantryman in France, 1916-1919 E. P. F. Lynch , 2006 single work autobiography
[Review Essay] Somme Mud : The War Experiences of an Infrantryman in France, 1916-1919 Peter Christiansen , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults , Winter vol. 18 no. 2 2010; (p. 31-32)

— Review of Somme Mud : The War Experiences of an Infrantryman in France, 1916-1919 E. P. F. Lynch , 2006 single work autobiography
Untitled Heath Graham , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , April vol. 89 no. 7 2010; (p. 45)

— Review of Somme Mud : The War Experiences of an Infrantryman in France, 1916-1919 E. P. F. Lynch , 2006 single work autobiography
Lingering in the Air Mike Shuttleworth , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , April no. 320 2010; (p. 60-61)

— Review of Somme Mud : The War Experiences of an Infrantryman in France, 1916-1919 E. P. F. Lynch , 2006 single work autobiography
Untitled 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , February vol. 54 no. 1 2010; (p. 5)

— Review of Somme Mud : The War Experiences of an Infrantryman in France, 1916-1919 E. P. F. Lynch , 2006 single work autobiography
Remembering the Experiences of Australians at War Peter Stanley , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 5 August 2006; (p. 16-17)

— Review of Somme Mud : The War Experiences of an Infrantryman in France, 1916-1919 E. P. F. Lynch , 2006 single work autobiography
Surviving the Dirtiest Kind of Hell Daniel Lewis , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 12-13 August 2006; (p. 30-31)

— Review of Somme Mud : The War Experiences of an Infrantryman in France, 1916-1919 E. P. F. Lynch , 2006 single work autobiography
Non-Fiction Steven Carroll , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 12 August 2006; (p. 24)

— Review of Somme Mud : The War Experiences of an Infrantryman in France, 1916-1919 E. P. F. Lynch , 2006 single work autobiography ; Overland no. 183 Winter 2006 periodical issue
Dirty Deeds Red Harrison , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 19-20 August 2006; (p. 15)

— Review of Somme Mud : The War Experiences of an Infrantryman in France, 1916-1919 E. P. F. Lynch , 2006 single work autobiography
Diamonds in the Mud Ross McMullin , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Literary Review , October vol. 1 no. 2 2006; (p. 19)

— Review of Somme Mud : The War Experiences of an Infrantryman in France, 1916-1919 E. P. F. Lynch , 2006 single work autobiography ; Jacka VC : Australian Hero Robert Macklin , 2006 single work biography
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