Peace On the Western Front
A timeless tale inspired by the Christmas Truce of 1914
For readers of all ages
1914, a young British man, more a boy than a man, enrolls in the army, where even the noblest of illusions are quickly torn to tatters by reality. He is no rifleman, and he certainly is not ready to die. Sustained by a courage quite unlike heroism, he finds friendship, love and forgiveness, on the front. A single encounter with a young woman leads him to the inspiring true event: the Christmas Truce of 1914, when German and British soldiers left their trenches to celebrate as brothers in no man’s land. They were idealistic young men capable of great gestures. And if it were up to them, history might have gone very differently.
Mattia Signorini reinvents a true historical event with extraordinary simplicity and poetic license. He speaks at schools all over the nation.
A gigantic story that resonates with a profound truth: each and every one of us can make peace blossom.
France (Michel Lafon Publishing)
UK (Bonnier Zaffre Books)