Preface by Sir Winston Churchill KG and an Introduction by John Terraine This is the story of one man's secret battle against himself, as he is tested and brought to breaking point, first in Gallipoli, then with his young wife in London, and finally in the trenches of the Western Front. The Secret Battle was first published in 1919, when the Great War was only just over, and few books about that terrible conflict have equalled it in its dignity, accuracy and power. The author fought at Gallipoli and in France , and the novel is imbued with the sights, sounds and smells that he experienced. "Written with Classic restraint and something of classic beauty" Arnold Bennett
'Written with classic restraint and something of classic beauty,' (Arnold Bennett.)
Alan Patrick Herbert was born in 1890 and educated at Winchester College and New College Oxford, Although he gained a First Class degree in Jurisprudence and was called to the Bar, he never practised law. He began writing for Punch in 1910, and joined the staff of the magazine in 1924. He enlisted in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve in 1914, and became a member of the Royal Naval Division which used naval personnel as infantrymen. Commissioned in 1915 he served in Gallipoli and in the last stages of the Battle of the Somme . He was wounded in 1917, returned home and completed his first draft of The Secret Battle, first published in 1919 to huge acclaim, with a Preface by Winston Churchill. After the war, Herbert continued writing the legal satires that had commenced in Punch with Misleading Cases in the Common Law, many of which included his alter ego, the litigious Albert Haddock. From 1935 to 1945, when the seat was abolished, he was the independent Member of Parliament for the University of Oxford , and his Matrimonial Causes Bill went a long was to ease the pains of divorce. He was the author of more than fifty books, consisting of novels, plays and poetry. He was the father of the distinguished stage designer Jocelyn Herbert, and died in 1971.