I had another reason for writing that story. My grandfather was one of the first to be sent across the English Channel in 1914. He fought and was badly wounded twice and he carried the scars to the end of his life. I wanted to know what it was like. My pre-conceived ideas were centred around the trenches because that’s what most of us think about when the subject of that war comes around. But there was so much more to it than that, and I wanted to learn about the bits that don’t often get talked about.
I see this book as the first in a possible series. It covers what happened in the aftermath of the Battle of Mons. No trenches, the Schlieffen Plan, lots of innocents killed, and the secret agents of Commander Mansfield Smith-Cumming rooting out intelligence. The second story – when I get round to it – will cover the First Battle of Ypres.
I think I’ve talked myself into a big task.