Three Canadian Women Write the First World War
HISTORY / Military / World War I
Feb 18, 2017
6 x 9 x 1 in
- Author Bio
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
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