A Hundred Years To Arras

By Jason Cobley

From a Somerset farm to the trenches of France: one man's coming of age through land, love and blood

Thursday, 16 July 2020

We did it!

Well, finally, with a few generous donations in the last couple of weeks, we are there. Crowdfunding has been arduous and stressful, I don't mind admitting. I can say this to all of you because you've taken the leap of faith to support this book.

From the absolute bottom of my heart and every nerve ending radiating outwards, THANK YOU. Many of you are friends, some of you are family, others are people I met along the way. Others still are fellow writers, people who I have admired and been inspired by. A few are work colleagues as well as friends, and to you I offer a special thanks. In that I include some ex-students. You know who you are!

Thank you for your patience. I had no idea how long this was going to take but I didn't think it would take this long! The fact that it has and you haven't lost faith in me or the book, means a hell of a lot. 

Thank you to those who came aboard because I relentlessly plugged it on social media, in WW1 groups, on book pages, in endless tweets. Thank you for not being mean to me!

Seriously, though, I hope this will be a book that makes your faith in me worthwhile. I've got to go and make some tweaks before I send the manuscript off to Unbound. What will then follow is the editorial process, cover design, marketing and getting out there into the shops.

My most special thanks go to two people: my wife Kate, who let me do this daft thing; and my friend James Gray, who designed the brilliant artwork that I've been using to promote the book with our proof-of-concept cover He's a true gent. 

You're all brilliant. Thank you.

Watch this space for more info as we get it!

Now, the three of you who chose the Pick a Playlist option need to get in touch and we can organise those radio shows soon!



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