The First Casualty by Ben Elton was a great read. 

The First Casualty - Ben Elton

It is set in the First World War, and has an intricate story line that it includes a British officer and famous poet shot dead in France while recovering from shell shock.  Another soldier is arrested and charged with the murder.  A police detective is put in prison for being a conscientious objector, but ends up being released to investigate the murder.  Set in The Third Battle of Ypres life in the trenches really hits home – the cramped train journey, the march to the front and the appalling sanitation.  Elton brings together many different view points on war – the hero, the pacifist, the revolutionary, and the ordinary soldier.

Well worth a read.

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