The Final Whistle: The Great War in Fifteen Players [NOOK Book]

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Winner of The Rugby Book of the Year Award 2013. In the years leading up to the First World War, the Rugby grounds of Britain became training grounds for war. The Final Whistle plays tribute to the pivotal role Rugby played in the Great War by following the poignant stories of fifteen men who played for Rosslyn Park, London. They came from diverse backgrounds, with players from Australia, Ceylon, Columbia, Ireland and South Africa, but they were united by their love of the game and their courage in the face of ...
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The Final Whistle: The Great War in Fifteen Players

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Overview

Winner of The Rugby Book of the Year Award 2013. In the years leading up to the First World War, the Rugby grounds of Britain became training grounds for war. The Final Whistle plays tribute to the pivotal role Rugby played in the Great War by following the poignant stories of fifteen men who played for Rosslyn Park, London. They came from diverse backgrounds, with players from Australia, Ceylon, Columbia, Ireland and South Africa, but they were united by their love of the game and their courage in the face of war. Stephen Cooper follows them from London to the Western Front, Mesopotamia, Turkey, Italy and Dublin, through some of the war's fiercest battles. The Final Whistle is a must-read for any rugby enthusiast or First World War historian.
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"A fresh and fascinating take on the impact of the Great War with a novel and moving focus." —Ian Hislop

"This is a deeply moving book about the loss of fifteen members of Rosslyn Park rugby club during the Great War… these young men, all so promising, are poignantly and vividly recalled." —Max Arthur

"Stephen Cooper has written a haunting and beautiful book. Here we see the grinding slaughter and the everyday humanity of men hurled into the abyss of modern warfare at its most terrible. His book tells the story of men from one rugby club but it is a universal narrative of heroism and loss. He writes superbly and has produced a book of commendable scholarship. I cannot recommend it enough." —Fergal Keane

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780752481241
  • Publisher: The History Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 759,578
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Stephen Cooper is Director of Charities, The Parachute Regiment Charity. He has played and coached rugby for over 40 years and currently runs junior rugby at Rosslyn Park. He has worked as a freelance travel journalist, wirting for The Telegraph, Express and BA High Life. His grandfather survived the Battle of the Somme 1916 and inspired in him a lifelong fascination in the history of the First World War.
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