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Notes on First World War Plays

soldiers marching along a tree-lined road
Revised paperback edition of our popular study guide on four First World War plays: Journey’s End, The Accrington Pals, Not About Heroes, and Oh What a Lovely War.

Key Features

Journey’s End:

  • Full Synopsis of the play;
  • Detailed Character Analysis and study of Relationships;
  • Historical Significance of the setting;
  • Biography of R C Sherriff;
  • In-depth examination of the play’s themes;
  • Comparisons with other First World War Literature;
  • Useful additional features, including Glossary of Military Terms, Ranks in the British Army, and Contemporary Reviews.

The Accrington Pals:

  • Synopsis of the play;
  • Detailed Character Analysis;
  • A History of the Accrington Pals and the Battle of the Somme;
  • Examination of Themes and Comparisons with other War literature.

Not About Heroes:

  • Synopsis of the play;
  • Biographies of the characters;
  • Detailed examination of the themes in the play;
  • Critical comparisons with other war literature.

Oh What a Lovely War:

  • Synopsis of the play;
  • Biographies of Douglas Haig and John French;
  • Critical Analysis;
  • Comparisons with other war literature;
  • Coursework advice for each play;
  • Further reading suggestions.


  • Writer

    W Lawrance
  • ISBN


  • Format

  • Extent

  • Published Date

    15 October 2013
  • Edition