‘A Group Photograph – Before, Now & In-Between’ tells the stories of the men in this group photograph – not just their shared history in the First World War but also the bigger picture of their families before the War and through to the present day. You may not know who these individuals are but in telling the often wonderful and touching stories specific to them, Andrew Tatham says some things that are universal to all of us as human beings – about the mysteries of life and death, about how we choose to deal with the things that life chooses for us, and about how we are remembered.
Andrew Tatham found the families of all 46 men in a First World War group photograph. This led to a major exhibition in Ypres and what Jeremy Vine described as “the most amazing book”. As well as talking about the history and detective work involved, Andrew will be showing his film that depicts all the men’s family trees growing over 136 years with music and pictures. Audience reaction has been fantastic: “An astonishing & very moving piece of work”.
“It’s a magnificent book” – Melvyn Bragg
“Honestly I can’t recommend it enough – the whole year we’ve done different books on this show but this is the one that is just so powerful” & “It’s the most amazing book” – Jeremy Vine– listen to the interview – see Jeremy Vine’s blog –
“One solitary photograph forms the catalyst for Andrew Tatham’s astonishing A Group Photograph. This is a formal portrait of some 40 officers in one battalion taken in 1915. Two decades of research have uncovered the extraordinary details and contexts of these young men: their lives, their families and their fates” – William Boyd in the Guardian Best Books of 2016
“Endlessly fascinating and profoundly moving. It brings the past to life with matchless vividness.” – John Carey of The Sunday Times
“A really intriguing act of remembrance” – Tom Sutcliffe
“One of the most moving books I think I’ve ever held in my hands” & “I can only think of half a dozen books that have actually reduced me to tears, and this book is one of them” – Paul Ross.
“Its contents will certainly remain with me, as they must with whoever has the luck to study it” – Diana Athill
“The book really is a glorious achievement and completely fascinating” – Gyles Brandreth
“Magnificent” – Rt Hon Keith Simpson MP