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Published by the Folio Society, London in 2012.


The book is in like new condition bound with black and grey decorated boards that compliment the book also by Eri Griffin. The slipcase is undamaged and in also like new condition. Introduced by David Malouf. Frontispiece and eight colour illustrations by Eri Griffin.


This deeply affecting novel was first published anonymously in 1929 with a print run of just 600. Describing the Battle of the Somme from the viewpoint of an ordinary soldier, it gained instant notoriety for its blunt language and graphic depiction of war. Frederic Manning, an Australian who served on the Somme and in Flanders, said of his book: "the events described in it actually happened; the characters are fictitious."


he Middle Parts of Fortune also points to an innate human integrity that can survive the privations and horrors of battle. Eri Griffin has created a series of ink illustrations that evoke the contrasting sleeplessness, idleness and frenzied action of life at the front.

The Middle Parts of Fortune by Frederic Manning

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