Synopses & Reviews
Ernest Hemingway called this breathtaking account of the Great War "the finest and noblest book of men in war." Hailed upon its initial publication as more true to the actual experience of modern warfare than any other book, The Middle Parts of Fortune has not been surpassed nearly a century later.
Ernest Hemingway called this breathtaking account of the Great War 'the finest and noblest book of men in war'.
About the Author
was born in Sydney in 1882. In 1903 he joined Arthur Galton, a former tutor and lifelong friend, in his English vicarage, and set out on a literary career, publishing polite poetry, essays, reviews and stories.
His subsequent experience in the army and in the appalling trench warfare at the Somme and at Ancre informed his great novel The Middle Parts of Fortune, which was published anonymously in 1929. Stripped of the profanities of Mannings fine fuckin' mob of soldiers, an expurgated edition appeared in 1930 under the title Her Privates We. It became an immediate besteseller. Frederic Manning died in England in 1935.
Simon Caterson is a Melbourne-based freelance writer and the author of Hoax Nation: Australian Fakes and Frauds from Plato to Norma Khouri.