Author(s): E. P. F. Lynch; Will Davies (Editor)
"Written with dignity, candour and surprising wit, this soldier s story of the horror of the Western Front trenches is a testament to the power of the human spirit.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. Somme Mudtells of the devastating experiences of Edward Lynch, a young Australian private (18 when he enlisted) during the First World War when he served with the 45th battalion of the Australian Infantry Forces on the Western Front at the Somme, which saw the most bloody and costly fighting of the war. In just eight weeks, there were 23,000 Australian casualties. The original edition of twenty chapters, was written in pencil in twenty school exercise books in 1921, probably to help exorcise the horrendous experiences Private Lynch had witnessed during his three years at war from mid-1916 until his repatriation home in mid-1919. Lynch had been wounded three times, once seriously and spent over six months in hospital in England.
Random House, 2008. A paperback copy in near fine condition.
Will Davies began his professional life in the film industry after graduating from the Australian National University in 1971. For the last thirty five years he has worked as a producer on a broad range of feature films, television documentaries, commercials and corporate productions including an IMAX 70mm film for the Bicentenary. As a leading producer for his company LOOK FILMS, he has produced major documentary series like When the War Came to Australia for the ABC, Tales From a Suitcase for SBS and the series Our Century for Channel Nine. He has had four books published: Tales From a Suitcase, Tales From a Suitcase: The Afghan Experience, Fighting Masoud's War and Somme Mud.