Welcome to the new and revived ‘Authors Corner’ feature of our blog. This series will feature blogs written by our authors on their books. Launching the blog is John Fairley on his book The Monocled Mutineer, of which a new adaptation will appear on the TV channel Yesterday this Sunday. Enjoy the blog below!
It has taken a generation to persuade the broadcasters to show again probably the best Great War drama ever made in this country The Monocled Mutineer.
The series, starring Paul McGann, based on the book by myself and Bill Allison caused such a furore that it was locked away for decades.
The Monocled Mutineer appeared at a time when it was still heresy to suggest that there had been any mutinies in the British Army. Now we know there were quite a lot, though not on the scale of Etaples.
The revival of the series might be attributed to the programme being denounced in Parliament by the Tory minister Michael Gove in 2014.
That brought the story back into the news. A new paperback of the book was commissioned and I was able to write a new introduction explaining how we got the individual stories by seeking accounts from old soldiers still living in the towns from which the mutinying regiments came.
I have seen the series again recently . It stands up wonderfully.
Find The Monocled Mutineer here: http://bit.ly/2z41MGm