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  • Location: London, Yorkshire, Oxford, The Somme

No Man’s Land

No Man’s Land

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ww2: Not all scars can be seen

  • ISBN: 978-0008100469
  • Genre: Fiction, Historical

What you need to know before your trail

Adam Raine is a boy cursed by misfortune. His impoverished childhood in the slums of Islington is brought to an end by a tragedy that sends him north to Scarsdale, a hard-living coal-mining town where his father finds work as a union organizer. But it isn’t long before the escalating tensions between the miners and their employer, Sir John Scarsdale, explode with terrible consequences.

In the aftermath, Adam meets Miriam, the Rector’s beautiful daughter, and moves into Scarsdale Hall, an opulent paradise compared with the life he has been used to before. But he makes an enemy of Sir John’s son, Brice, who subjects him to endless petty cruelties for daring to step above his station.

When love and an Oxford education beckon, Adam feels that his life is finally starting to come together – until the outbreak of war threatens to tear everything apart.

Travel Guide


From the slums of London to the riches of an Edwardian country house; from the hot, dark seams of a Yorkshire coalmine to the exposed terrors of the trenches, Adam Raine’s journey from boy to man is set against the backdrop of a society violently entering the modern world.

Yorkshire Mining Musuem

Scarsdale – There is no village called Scarsdale but to experience the environment of a mining town, this museum is a  must

France – The Somme

This is the most grim and most heartbreaking section of the book yet the most powerful. You are immediately thrown in at the deep end with the horror and destruction of war clearly and brually evoked. This was one of the worst event in the history of the British Army and from the moment the call for the men to go over the top, the war begins and the horrors are only just starting . From this moment, the grit, the blood, the smell of death is all too vivid.

Booktrail Boarding Pass Information:  No Man’s Land

Author/Guide: Simon Tolkien Destination: London, Yorkshire, Oxford, The Somme  Departure Time: 2000s

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