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LIFE CLASS. By Pat Barker, Hamish Hamilton, €15.

28th July, 2007

LIFE CLASS. By Pat Barker, Hamish Hamilton, €15.

This review is appearing almost exactly 90 years to the day from the start of the infamous Third Battle of Ypres, when in horrific weather 30,000 men in British uniforms were either killed or wounded for the gain of just a hundred yards.

The dead on both sides on that day alone amounted to over 1,000.When Ypres (now known as Ieper) was re-taken, not one building was left standing,...

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