The Book 'A Group Photograph - Before, Now & In-Between' tells the stories of the men in this group photograph - not just their shared history in the First World War but also the bigger picture of their families before the War and through to the present day. You may not know who these individuals are but in telling the often wonderful and touching stories specific to them, I am aiming to say some things that are universal to all of us as human beings - about the mysteries of life and death, about how we choose to deal with the things that life chooses for us, and about how we are remembered. The book is large-format to do justice to the pictures (& there are over 2000 pictures in the book).
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"It's a magnificent book" - Melvyn Bragg
“Honestly I can't recommend it enough –
the whole year we've done different books on this show
but this is the one that is just so powerful”
& "It's the most amazing book" - Jeremy Vine
“One solitary photograph forms the catalyst for Andrew Tatham’s astonishing A Group Photograph. This is a formal portrait of some 40 officers in one battalion taken in 1915. Two decades of research have uncovered the extraordinary details and contexts of these young men: their lives, their families and their fates”
- William Boyd in the Guardian Best Books of 2016
"Endlessly fascinating and profoundly moving.
It brings the past to life with matchless vividness."
- John Carey of The Sunday Times
"A really intriguing act of remembrance" - Tom Sutcliffe
“One of the most moving books I think I've ever held in my hands”
& "I can only think of half a dozen books that have actually reduced me to tears, and this book is one of them" - Paul Ross
“Its contents will certainly remain with me,
as they must with whoever has the luck to study it”
- Diana Athill
"So interesting, your 'Group Photograph'.
So well researched & produced"
- Michael Morpurgo
"I give you my highest level of
It's a beautiful piece of work"
- Martin Middlebrook
"The book really is a glorious achievement
and completely fascinating"
- Gyles Brandreth
"A fascinating project and beautifully executed"
- Paul Heiney
"Magnificent" - Rt Hon Keith Simpson MP
Following my appearance on the Jeremy Vine Show on 8th December 2015, I sold 3000 copies of the book in a week. I am now into my 3rd reprint and the book is currently in stock. For the story of everything that's been happening, please see my Blog.
I've been receiving some wonderful emails and tweets from people who have received the book including the following comments:
"I feel that I am 'living' your book not just reading it."
"There are hundreds, if not thousands, of new publications for the Great War centenary and very few of them stand out as innovative and different. One that does is Joe Sacco’s 'The Great War — An Illustrated Panorama', a sort of ‘Bayeux Tapestry’ (a 24 foot long cartoon panorama) of the First Day of the Battle of the Somme, folded into book format, accompanied by historical notes and observations, and another is your 'A Group Photograph'. Both are superb ‘one-offs’."
"It is fascinating. My husband hasn't put it down since it arrived."
"The only thing on the radio that has ever inspired me to buy something was when I heard you on the Jeremy Vine Show. No regrets. Great value for money considering the years you put in to creating what I can only describe as a work of art."
"My husband has been reading it since he opened it and it's been page by page, cover to cover. ( I've never seen him do this with a book before, normally it's flicked through then read when he has time)."
"Thank you so much for your amazing book, which arrived today. It has exceeded all my expectations, and I can't thank you enough for the time and effort that you have put into this project."
"I have now received a copy of your amazing book and it is a truly staggering and very important historical document. I am finding it difficult to put it down!"
"This is a beautiful book. The presentation is wonderful and attention to detail is amazing. It tells such a wonderful story of the lives of these brave men. Tinged with much sadness but also the joy of the extension of family generations. It is such a brilliant way of showing us how to conduct our own family research. The narrative reads like a story and one can almost see a TV programme. I was particularly taken by your "Final Thoughts" on page 197. Great work! Great read!"
"Deeply moving accounts of each man given in such a way that the reader recognises that the accounts speak for every man and his family involved with war. A book, in my opinion, which should be studied by every child at some point in their school life."
Collected "A Group Photograph" by @atltatham from the Post Office. It has far surpassed my expectations - buy it, and blame @theJeremyVine !
— #TruckingCyclist (@jeremystrutt) January 16, 2016
@atltatham your book emotes more connection to those that fell and those left behind then any other. Thank you for making it vivid and real.
— Ben Young (@Cornishhotels) January 15, 2016
— Annabel Farrar (@annabelfarrar) January 12, 2016
@atltatham Group Photo arrived this weekend, well worth the wait, wife's very happy. Great work, thank you.
— Ammonite Studio (@ammonitestudio) January 10, 2016
@FlandersWW1 Just got my copy of 'A Group Photograph' by Andrew Tatham. Beautiful book!
— Steve_and Julie (@Steve_andJulie) January 9, 2016
— Richard Reeve (@reevephotos) January 1, 2016
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The book is 200 pages, dimensions 31 x 24.5 x 1.5 cm, weight 1.4 kg, ISBN 978-0-9935302-0-3 (9780993530203), published by Arvo Veritas.