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Alan Monaghan

Going to Flanders

on Mon, 03/03/2014 - 15:46

This blog entry was written by our very own Alan Monaghan, Dublin-based author of the Soldier's Song trilogy. Here is his experience of visiting Flanders, in the north of Belgium, where the first book of his series is set.

Writing a novel about the First World War is a strange, intense and often unnerving experience. You learn that whizz-bangs and toffee-apples are much more lethal than their names suggest. You try to conjure up the special wobbling sound that distinguishes an approaching gas shell from high-explosive or shrapnel.