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Firing Lines
Three Canadian Women Write the First World War
By (author): Debbie Marshall Foreword by: Anna Maria Tremonti
9781459738386 Paperback, Trade English General Trade HISTORY / Military / World War I Europe Feb 18, 2017
$24.99 CAD
Active 6 x 9 x 1 in | 500 gr 312 pages 13 B&W illustrations, Bibliography, Index Dundurn
Read between the front lines: The stories of three Canadian female journalists stationed in England and France during the First World War.

Europe: 1914–18. Mary MacLeod Moore, a writer for Saturday Night Magazine, covered the war’s impact on women, from the munitions factories to the kitchens of London’s tenements. Beatrice Nasmyth, a writer for the Vancouver Province, managed the successful wartime political campaign of Canadian Roberta MacAdams and attended the Versailles Peace Conference as Premier Arthur Sifton’s press secretary. Elizabeth Montizambert was in France during the war and witnessed the suffering of its people first-hand. She was often near the fighting, serving as a canteen worker and writing about her experiences for the Montreal Gazette.

The reportage from these three women presents an insightful, moving, funny, and compelling body of observations of a devastating conflict, from underrepresented points of view. Firing Lines is based on the letters, articles, and books they wrote, as well as the records of those who knew them. The book offers a fresh perspective on a war that touched nearly every Canadian family and changed our sense of ourselves as a nation.

  • Well researched, with a popular, engaging tone that makes the central figures come alive on the page
  • Author is a playwright and her writing style will appeal to a broad readership
  • Well-timed for the the 100-year anniversaries of WWI that will continue until 2018
  • Offers a rare new perspective on the First World War: female war correspondents
  • Author has written various articles and books about women’s history, especially during the First World War, and already has a blog

Debbie Marshall is a writer, editor, and playwright with a special interest in women and the First World War. Her work has appeared in anthologies such as Dropped Threads II and in magazines such as The Beaver, as well as other publications. She is the author of Give Your Other Vote to the Sister: A Woman’s Journey into the Great War. She lives in Gabriola Island, British Columbia.

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A beautiful, well-written tribute to three war correspondents who carved the way for female journalists to follow. - Vancouver Sun

Marshall’s research pulls back the curtain on an important WW1 story. Firing Lines is a worthy tribute to women who deserve to be remembered. - GreatWar100 Reads Blog

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