‘Has the enemy’s front line been Captured?’ asked the commanding officer of the 1st Battalion of the Newfound- land Regiment, Lt.-Col. Arthur Hadow. The reply he received from his 88th Brigade headquarters was terse: ‘The situation is not cleared up.’ It was 8.45 a.m. on the morning of Saturday, 1 July 1916—a beautiful summer’s morning with a clear blue sky—and Hadow had been given orders by his immediate supe- rior, Brig. Douglas E. Cayley, to advance ‘as soon as possible’ to support the attack of the 87th Brigade on the German trenches situated in front of ‘Y’ Ravine at Beaumont Hamel north of the river Ancre in Picardy. He inquired whether ‘as soon as possible’ meant that he was expected to attack without the support of the 1st Battalion of the Essex Regiment on his right flank, and was told that it did.1 The Newfoundlanders were going to have to attack alone.
With Remembrance Sunday just behind us and Remembrance Day this week, our Book of the Week has to be Elegy by Andrew Roberts;
Acclaimed, Glasgow-based writer Louise Welsh has curated a collection of 100 Ghost Stories To Read With The Lights On. We are understandably as obsessed with our dead and death as we are with life and while we may yearn for the return of our loved ones, we are terrified what form that return might take. She has chosen authors both dead and alive (ghostwriters!) from Edgar Allan Poe to Hilary Mantel and includes ghosts and hauntings of many descriptions. Happy Haunting!
HONEY-MUSTARD GLAZED SAUSAGES & ‘SMOKY BACON’ CAULIFLOWER
• 4-6 medium-large potatoes, cut into 5cm thick wedges
• 1 cauliflower, cut into florets
• 12 good-quality sausages
• 3 tbsp olive or other vegetable oil
• 1 tsp smoked paprika
• 2 tbsp honey
• 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
• a big squeeze of lemon juice
Max Adams takes us on a long-distance walk through the wilds, from Northumberland to Paisley, in this two week audio travel diary.
THE HAUNTED HOUSE by Pliny the Younger
Gaius Plinius (c.AD 61–c.113) was born in Como in northern Italy to a wealthy landowner, Lucius Caecilius, and Plinia Marcella, sister of Pliny the Elder. His father died young and he was adopted by his uncle. Pliny the Younger is best known for his letters (Epistulae), nine books of which were published between AD 99 and 109. He practised law and later entered the senate where he became Praetor in AD 93 and Consul in AD 100.
Lauren Graham and Mae Whitman, who worked together on TV’s long-running drama Parenthood, are teaming up to adapt the The Royal We, the book by Jessica Morgan and Heather Cocks, for CBS Films.
Graham will write the script for the project, which is being eyed as an acting vehicle for Whitman. The duo will also produce.
This rich version of bread-and-butter pudding feeds a crowd and uses the handy short-cut of chocolate chip brioche. I got the idea from Borut Kozelj, a butcher at the renowned Ginger Pig in London. He served the pud at the end of a butchery class. We had already eaten a meat feast in the midst of the shop, yet his pudding inspired yet more greed and pleasure.
̈ 4 medium eggs, plus 2 yolks
̈ 10g butter
Cambridge historian and BBC Making History presenter Helen Castor interviews medieval historian Dan Jones about his new book, Realm Divided, which explores what it was like to live during the tumultuous year of 1215.