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Something of Themselves: Kipling, Kingsley, Conan Doyle, and the Anglo-Boer War

Available in February 2020, from Hurst:

Sarah LeFanu’s new book is a thoughtful biography tracing the paths of three literary greats through a turbulent period in Britain’s imperial history.

‘Imaginatively conceived, meticulously researched and subtly narrated, Something of Themselves is not only a biographical treasure trove but also offers fresh insights into that charged moment when the writing was at last firmly on the wall for old-style British imperialism.’ — David Kynaston, author of City of London: The History

‘A brilliantly insightful, very moving examination of three writers on the battlefield. LeFanu reveals each of her subjects to be engaged in his or her own private war, at the same time as they participated in the war that came to define the cruelty and confusion of the British Empire.’ — Lara Feigel, author of Free Woman; The Bitter Taste of Victory; and The Love-charm of Bombs