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Elton, Ben. THE FIRST CASUALTY - Bantam 2005

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The First Casualty by Ben Elton. 2005 - Bantam. For sale is a first edition, first printing. very good used hardback book in a very good dust jacket.

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For sale is a very good hardback copy of the novel, The First Casualty by Ben Elton, published in 2005 by Bantam.

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Title The First Casualty
Author Ben Elton
Publisher Bantam
Edition first edition, first printing
Copyright Year 2005
ISBN 0593051114
Cover Price 17.99
No. Pages 381
Dimensions 24 cm x 16 cm
Weight (kg) 0.69

The book is a first edition, first printing as evidenced by a full numberline on the copyright page.

The book has black boards and gold lettering. The boards have a slight knock to a corner with no other signs of wear. Internally there are no marks or inscriptions. The pages are clean and not excessively toned, have no tears or creases, and the binding is tight and square.

The very good dust jacket is complete showing the original cover price of £17.99. It has a few small nicks to the edges.

Overall a very good copy of a novel by a popular author.

The book is not an ex library book, it has no remainder marks or publisher's stamps.


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Ben Elton

Ben Elton's career as both performer and writer encompasses some of the most memorable and incisive comedy of the past twenty years. His work as a stand-up comedian hosting such ground-breaking television series as Saturday Live and The Man from Auntie has been hugely influential, as have his hit television sitcoms The Young Ones, Blackadder and The Thin Blue Line.

Elton has written three hit West End musicals, including the global phenomenon We Will Rock You, which he also directs, and three West End plays, including the multi-award-winning Popcorn. His internationally bestselling novels include Stark, Inconceivable, Dead Famous and High Society. In 2000 he wrote and directed the feature film Maybe Baby, based on his acclaimed novel Inconceivable.



Synopsis of this title

Flanders, June 1917: a British officer and celebrated poet, is shot dead, killed not by German fire, but while recuperating from shell shock well behind the lines. A young English soldier is arrested and, although he protests his innocence, charged with his murder. Douglas Kingsley is a conscientious objector, previously a detective with the London police, now imprisoned for his beliefs. He is released and sent to France in order to secure a conviction. Forced to conduct his investigations amidst the hell of The Third Battle of Ypres, Kingsley soon discovers that both the evidence and the witnesses he needs are quite literally disappearing into the mud that surrounds him. Ben Elton's tenth novel is a gut-wrenching historical drama which explores some fundamental questions. What is murder? What is justice in the face of unimaginable daily slaughter? And where is the honour in saving a man from the gallows if he is only to be returned to die in a suicidal battle? As the gap between legally-sanctioned and illegal murder becomes evermore blurred, Kingsley quickly learns that the first casualty when war comes is truth.

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‘Riveting action scenes bristle with a queasy energy … unputdownable and disgustingly realistic’
Sunday Telegraph

‘A work of formidable imaginative scope … the writing is so good, the language so surprisingly subtle and the characters so beautifully delineated’
Daily Telegraph


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