The First Casualty
Flanders, June 1917. A British officer and celebrated poet is shot dead, killed not by German fire but while recuperating from shell shock well behind the lines. A young English soldier is arrested and, although he protests his innocence, charged with murder. Ben Elton explores some fundamental questions. What is murder? What is justice in the face of unimaginable daily slaughter? And where is the honour in saving a man from the gallows if he is only to be returned to die in a suicidal battle? Soft cover, small format, 444 pages.