A GROUP PHOTOGRAPH - Before, Now & In-Between
A GROUP PHOTOGRAPH - Before, Now & In-Between

The Book of the Exhibition: 

'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).


I'm very grateful for the fantastic reviews I've received (as seen further down this page), and you can read some of the book in this PDF document.


"It's a magnificent book" - Melvyn Bragg


BUY THE BOOK 'A Group Photograph':   
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200 pages, 31 x 24.5 x 1.5 cm, weight 1.4 kg, ISBN 978-0-9935302-0-3 (9780993530203), published by Arvo Veritas.


“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

listen to the interview - see Jeremy Vine's blog -


"Endlessly fascinating and profoundly moving.

It brings the past to life with matchless vividness."

John Carey of The Sunday Times


“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


“Its contents will certainly remain with me, as they must with whoever has the luck to study it”

- Diana Athill


“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

listen to the interview on BBC Radio Berkshire -


"So interesting, your 'Group Photograph'. 

So well researched & produced"

- Michael Morpurgo


"It’s a fascinating piece of work;
totally unique and completely different from
the other histories that we have in our library"

- Librarian at the Society of Genealogists


This is truly a wonderful #WW1 book by @atltatham - it starts with a group photo of officers from the Royal Berkshire Regiment & unravels their whole story, often through surviving family. It’s also a beautiful book, one which it’s a pleasure to have. Highly recommended. pic.twitter.com/FVbfbefNJb


"A really intriguing act of remembrance" 

- Tom Sutcliffe


"I give you my highest level of congratulation. 

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

in his Summer Reading List for fellow MPs


Also see reviews in Family Tree Magazine, on Amazon and below



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."


Just finished @atltatham 's phenomenal book "A Group Photograph". Family/military history & ordinary lives revealed https://t.co/1D9guYka4F

— Brian Costello (@BrianCostello_) March 3, 2016


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