Tynemouth and the Great War written by Craig Armstrong and published by Pen and Sword Books – £14.99 – Softcover – Pages 162.

History isn’t really about the famous people, it’s about the everyday local people and this is where these books are a success, in that it’s always ordinary people that go through everything especially when it comes to war and hardship. This book series’ Towns and Cities in the Great War, is fantastic because it specifically looks at the Great War and how it affects local people in everyday life and this is one of the better books written. Being situated where it is Tynemouth was very much involved in the Great War, not only was it a heavily recruited from area but its industry/business was heavily involved in a being a major part of the war, then finally it’s situated on the east coast so you have the constant threat from the East.

Craig Armstrong the author of this book, has also written a number of these books. He strikes an excellent balance in these books between national and local events and the local stories are always a great read. The mix of text and images in the book always make it an easy read and I would say a reader of any standard would enjoy this book whether you were a beginner or an expert on the subject. I would greatly recommend these books as I have always done.

By Ben Davidson

Hello, I have been studying all aspects of history for about 25 years. I have a BA History from the University of Bedfordshire. My historical areas of interest are anything really, but I specialise in 19th - 20th century Britain, America and Ireland. I am also strongly aligned with most military history, really enjoying WW2 and the US Civil War. Chuck in the king or queen and Bob's your uncle.