Author to read from wartime novel in Buckingham

Judith Allnatt
Judith Allnatt

An award-winning novelist from south Northants will be giving a reading from her acclaimed new novel, The Moon Field, set during the First World War, on Thursday, March 13, in Buckingham.

Judith Allnatt, who is visiting lecturer in creative writing at the University of Buckingham, will be available for a question and answer session after the reading, in the Radcliffe Centre from 7pm to 9pm.

There will also be drinks.

Set in Keswick, in the Lake District, and Flanders, The Moon Field was inspired by Ms Allnatt’s great grandfather’s terrible First World War experiences.

A soldier was about to shoot him but ran out of bullets and used the butt of his rifle to strike his head instead.

Amazingly, he survived the attack but his head had to be fitted with a metal plate and he was irritable, moody and a changed man for the rest of his life.

Ms Allnatt said: “I wanted to write about how ordinary peoples’ lives were affected by the war, which is why the postman is the main character.

“I was also interested in the fact that so many of those who died were under 21.

“As this is the centenary of the First World War, I think it would be good for people to come and reflect on how ordinary people were affected and remember how many lost their lives. I think it’s important to spend a period reflecting on this.”

Judith Allnatt is an acclaimed short story writer and novelist. Her first novel, A Mile Of River, was a Radio 5 Live Book Of The Month and shortlisted for the Portico Prize for Literature. Her second novel, The Poet’s Wife, was shortlisted for the East Midlands Book Award.

Copies of The Moon Field will be available at the price of £8 at the reading, courtesy of the University of Buckingham Bookshop (RRP £12.99).

To reserve a place, email or call 01280 820213.