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CLIVE, WILLIAM - The Tune That They Play

(London: Macmillan, 1973). . 8vo; original red boards; laminated pictorial dustwrapper; pp. 224, incl. bibliography. Dustwrapper edgeworn, with tears: some loss to edges of upper and lower panels. Very good condition. "Another novel of the Victorian army by the master of the genre. The year is 1879, when a British square was broken by Cetshwayo and his Zulus. It is a story of incompetent generalship and heroic courage by the man who has been described as the latter-day Kipling. On the slope of Isandhlwana, in 1879, six companies of British infantry face the savage onslaught of 20,000 blood-crazed Zulus. Death is only seconds away, but they stand, as they had been taught to stand, and fight to the last round and the last man. This is the final, crimson curtain of a story which moves from rural Ireland to Fleet Street, to industrial Birmingham, and then to the heat-hazed veldt of Zululand, following the affairs of four men - a London war correspondent, an illiterate Irish fugitive from justice, a young officer unsure of his own personal courage, and an arrogant Zulu warrior determined that his spear shall drink.".
GBP 6.50 [Appr.: EURO 7.25 | CHF 8] N°. du livre 768

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