John Sadler

John Sadler

John Sadler
Agent: Kate Hordern

John Sadler is the co-author, with the social historian Rosie Serdiville, of TOMMY AT WAR: 1914-1918 The Soldiers’ Own Stories (Robson Press/Biteback May 2013). He is the author of FROM DUNKIRK TO BELSEN: The Soldiers’ Own Dramatic Stories (JR Books November 2010).

John Sadler is an accomplished military historian and has written over 20 books. He is a regular contributor to BBC History Magazine, Military Illustrated and the National Trust for Scotland Magazine. He lectures at Sunderland University, the Imperial War Museum and the National Army Museum. John is married with two children and lives in Northumberland.

Praise for TOMMY AT WAR:
“With the centenary of the Great War fast approaching, TOMMY AT WAR is excellent in reminding us all what a varied and nuanced conflict it actually was…the compilers catch Tommy Atkins, as the British soldier is colloquially known, well… This is a good, clearly arranged, well-researched book with informative commentary about men and women who did all they were asked by their country.” John Lewis-Stempel in the Sunday Express
“There’s nothing quite like the authority of a story told first-hand, and, rich with just such accounts by soldiers who served in the First World War, TOMMY AT WAR has an immediacy that a more typical ‘history’ would not have… there are handy maps of the Western Front to refer to, a glossary of military acronyms and an extensive bibliography to lead you on to find out more… a rewarding and insightful read… a detailed and dedicated work.” Family Tree
“TOMMY AT WAR focuses on the experience of ordinary people, both at the front line and behind, caught up in extraordinary events, making for a vivid and in-depth account of the war to end all wars.” Choice Magazine
“This extraordinary book documents the ordeal of the Great War through the eyes of those who lived through it, with aspects of the horror and pain, balanced with stories of camaraderie, adventure, and even exhilaration.” Discover Britain
“The genuine voice of the trenches and at times a surprisingly upbeat one: one soldier reports on the advantages of a mustard gas attack – it kills the rats. What shines through is the attempts of these men to hang on to their humanity. Even in victory, they feel for those on the other side. ‘Our artillery simply blew the Germans to smithereens’, says one.” Mail on Sunday World War One Special 4 May

“Sadler’s poignant book is a must-have for all those interested in military history, but the message of the soldiers’ inspirational stories will resonate with readers of all persuasions and every generation.” Lancashire Evening Post