A Pride of Poppies

A Pride of Poppies

Julie Bozza Barry Brennessel Charlie Cochrane Lou Faulkner Adam Fitzroy Wendy C. Fries Z. McAspurren Eleanor Musgrove / Mar 29, 2020

A Pride of Poppies Modern GLBTQI fiction of the Great WarTen authors in thirteen stories explore the experiences of GLBTQI people during World War I In what ways were their lives the same as or different from those of o

  • Title: A Pride of Poppies
  • Author: Julie Bozza Barry Brennessel Charlie Cochrane Lou Faulkner Adam Fitzroy Wendy C. Fries Z. McAspurren Eleanor Musgrove
  • ISBN: 9781908312303
  • Page: 353
  • Format: ebook
  • Modern GLBTQI fiction of the Great WarTen authors in thirteen stories explore the experiences of GLBTQI people during World War I In what ways were their lives the same as or different from those of other people A London pub, an English village, a shell hole on the Front, the outskirts of Thai Nguyen city, a ship in heavy weather off Zeebrugge, a civilian internment cModern GLBTQI fiction of the Great WarTen authors in thirteen stories explore the experiences of GLBTQI people during World War I In what ways were their lives the same as or different from those of other people A London pub, an English village, a shell hole on the Front, the outskirts of Thai Nguyen city, a ship in heavy weather off Zeebrugge, a civilian internment camp Loves and griefs that must remain unspoken, unexpected freedoms, the tensions between individuality and duty, and every now and then the relief of recognition You ll find both heartaches and joys in this astonishing range of thought provoking stories.

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      • Julie Bozza Barry Brennessel Charlie Cochrane Lou Faulkner Adam Fitzroy Wendy C. Fries Z. McAspurren Eleanor Musgrove

        I was born in England, and lived most of my life in Australia before returning to the UK a few years ago my dual nationality means that I am often a bit too cheeky, but will always apologise for it.I have been writing fiction for almost thirty years, mostly for the enjoyment of myself and my friends, but writing is my love and my vocation so of course that s where my dreams and ambitions are.In the meantime, technical writing helps to pay the mortgage, while I also have fun with web design, photography, reading, watching movies and television, knitting, and imbibing espresso.


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    1. What a beautiful anthology. The stories here are set during World War One focusing on the lives that were touched in some way by this war. Here we meet soldiers and those who wanted to fight but were unable to. We meet mothers, sisters, brothers, and communities torn apart by loss or distance. We meet all those left behind and those who never returned and the hidden love that thrived amongst them.This is not a sorrowful book but a book that remembers the millions of untold stories and the tremen [...]


    2. Romantic and poignant. A superb anthology with just the right blend of romance tempered by the realities of living and fighting during the First World War. Not an anthology to read all at once, I think. It's best savoured over several days. I can't even pinpoint a favourite story, they were all good and worth reading.


    3. This anthology of stories from the era of the Great War has a range of protagonists and themes. Some stories do focus on a romance, others are more a slice of life. There are characters from across the LGBTQ spectrum, and only once or twice did a story feel like it was included for inclusiveness, so to speak. Almost all of these are very well written, and several are excellent. With 13 stories, I won't rate them separately, but I was moved, fascinated, and sometimes amused. This is a fine remind [...]


    4. It’s hard to rate anthologies: you’d never give five stars if it has to be for every story, and that isn’t fair on anthologies; I think my five means, this is an outstandingly strong collection. My sister edited, but I bought my copy post-publication, without any spoilers beforehand except to hear about how her recruitment of stories was going. First let me say what a wide range there is of settings and situations. Two, ‘No Man’s Land’ and ‘The Man Left Behind’, are about people [...]



    5. Quite often the blurb for a book exaggerates, or offers a promise that the words inside simply do not deliver. I am pleased to say that, in the case of A Pride of Poppies, the stories within do much, much more. Each story has clearly been written from the heart and with the heart of the characters in mind. We do not just see the lives of lesbians and gays either, one of my favourites stories of the anthology being that of an intersex character.What really struck me, as I read each for the first [...]


    6. Reviewed for prismbookallianceAnthologies are not normally my „thing“; I mostly picked this one up because some of my absolutely favorite authors contributed to it. And also because I find the WWI era a fascinating time. And I was in for some (positive) surprises. First of all, this isn’t m/m. Well, part of it is, but these stories really cover the whole range of GLBTQI, with protagonists who are male, female or other. And secondly, these stories aren’t romances. Again, well, part of the [...]


    7. A Pride of Poppies is a GLBTQI+ anthology which focuses on the period of the First World War. The aim of the stories in this anthology is to give us a look into how it would have been for these marginalized groups of society to live, work, and even fight during one of the bloodiest wars known to mankind. Personally? I found all the stories to be incredibly moving, though each in their own way of course. Some made me laugh a little, some made me cry, and some just had me sitting quietly and stari [...]


    8. Excellent Read!!!It's not often that I give '5 Stars' to an Anthology and although I will admit that I have my favorites, quite frankly there's not one short story I didn't enjoy. I really loved the very interesting variety of emotions, settings and tones that I found in this book!And the best thing is that it's for a good cause


    9. As the centenary commemorations for World War I begin in earnest in 2015 (and will continue for the next few years), this anthology is perfectly timed. War brings all kind of suffering, to combatants and civilians, to those fighting with their comrades in numerous armies, and to those still at home.Among the hundreds of thousands who fought, died, loved, lost and suffered were people of the LGBTQI community who experienced the additional stress of being unable to publicly acknowledge their exper [...]


    10. In the interests of full disclosure: I wrote part of this book. This review is for the other parts.I really enjoyed the mix of stories and the range of emotions this book contains. It includes characters who identify as a wide variety of LGBTQIA orientations, and the book progresses in a roughly chronological order through the First World War, touching on the lives and experiences of a diverse collection of people in assorted settings.I don't want to spoil anything, especially since it's not yet [...]


    11. This anthology is well worth a read. I found almost all the stories beautifully written and well edited. A fair few of them left me wanting more and in my opinion that's a good thing. Thirteen short stories describing a moment in time in the lives of LGBTQI characters or their relatives during or just after WWI. With such a background it should come as no surprise that there is love and loss, and this is not a collection of short stories where everyone gets their HEA. But with the beauty of the [...]


    12. I reviewed this wonderful book on our blog with my fellow reviewer, Sally. To see what we have to say about this wonderful anthology then click on the icon below.


    13. A Pride of Poppies by Julie Bozza: reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwid 2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention (5* from at least 1 judge)


    14. While quality varies as in any anthology, overall this collection contains enjoyable and well-written work.My complaint: out of 13 stories, only one deals with lesbian / female characters (an additional story stars a transman.) The book as a whole is awash in cisgender, British men. A bit of breadth would take this collection from a good start to outstanding.


    15. This is a beautiful anthology. It's heartfelt and poignant and grim and hopeful and moving. All the stories are well written. It's not always easy reading, but it's worthwhile reading. This is a quality collection that's full of heart.



    16. “A Pride of Poppies” is a very impressive anthology of 13 stories illustrating World War I through GLBTQI* eyes. The book comprises a great selection of individual experiences that cover a great range: geographically and emotionally.It is a perspective often neglected or over-dramatized and I applaud the book for hitting a lot of right tones in handling the subject.Entertaining and thought provoking this not only fills a gap in WWI literature, it is also a very moving and stimulating read wi [...]


    17. Well researched, but it suffered from the tendency to cover the same kind of relationship. I appreciated the inclusion of lesbian and intersex narratives, but the vast majority of the plots were incredibly similar, which did decrease the dramatic tension in each story somewhat; they seemed to fit into the same template. A few stories could also have benefited from further editing and proofreading. Overall, it's a good collection and it's for a great cause - I just wish they'd been a little less [...]


    18. 5-star rating for stories by Julie Bozza and Adam Fitzroy only. May edit later when I get around to read the other stories.


    19. A wonderful anthology of great stories connected to the First World War. Anthologies are often a mixed bag concerning quality, but in this case most of them were really outstanding and managed o render lots of emotions. For people knowing what I mainly read at the moment: please notice the subtitle «GLBTQI fiction», so not only m/m, not only romance.


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