Stumberleap, and Other Devon Writings
Introduction by John Gregory, 40 illus., pp. x, 170, paperback, Henry Williamson Society, 2005
Beginning with the entire text of the Express's article on the famous 1914 Christmas Truce, which featured HW’s letter to his parents describing the event, there follows some of his earliest published writings, from 1921 onwards, with nature essays and sketches of village life in Georgeham. The book also includes some of his finest writing on the Great War, with the two series ‘And This Was Ypres’ and ‘The Last 100 Days’, together with the moving ‘I Believe in the Men Who Died’. It finishes with some of HW’s classic short stories: ‘Stumberleap’ (which the Express called ‘The Finest Animal Story Ever Written’), ‘Whatever Has Happened?’, and ‘The Heller’. While much (though not all) of this material was later used by HW in his books, they have all long been out of print, and Stumberleap is an anthology which everyone will enjoy.