Dedicating ‘The Wild Dark Flowers’ by Elizabeth Cooke
Elizabeth Cooke’s The Wild Dark Flowers (love the title!) is already garnering comparisons to Downton Abbey on the eve of World War I. The author shares the story behind the book’s dedication.
My book The Wild Dark Flowers published on 1st July and is dedicated to my mother’s eldest brother, William David Nash. Coincidentally, and very poignantly, this is exactly 98 years to the day since William was killed in the Battle of the Somme. William enlisted on 6th October 1914 and he was only twenty years old when he died. He is buried in Authuille cemetery. On the day of the battle, William was in the third reserve trench and had to wait there while the first two waves of British troops went ‘over the top’ into the face of machine gun fire. William was very much mourned by my mother (who was only a year old when he died). My grandmother always kept his picture beside her bed. I share it here….
Born in Warwickshire England, Elizabeth Cooke has been writing for 27 years, and has 14 published novels and one non-fiction book to her name, plus 120 published stories and serials. She now lives in Dorchester, Dorset with husband Roger, and is mother to Kate and step-mother to Charlotte. Her web site is www.elizabethcookeauthor.com, her Facebook page is Elizabeth Cooke, and her Twitter account is @CookeElizabeth. Elizabeth regularly posts on what she is writing and reading, and welcomes contact and comments.
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