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A war poetry anthology Christmas present?

Know someone interested in war poetry? A range of popular books at exceptional prices. Great Christmas presents.

I’ve been publishing war poetry for over twenty-five years and running a war poetry website. Minds at War is my best selling title and is the largest anthology of First World war poetry currently available. 

I am now selling direct to the public so prices are very much lower than they used to be.  My company is Saxon Books.


Minds at War – a major anthology of poetry of the First World War. (Illustrated)

The largest anthologies of First World War Poetry

£15-99    Now £7-00  Reviews below.

Out in the Dark  –  a collection of First World War poems in context and with basic notes (Illustrated)

Anthology of First World War poetry with basic notes, ideal for students

£10-99     Now £5-0

Falklands War Poetry

The voices of those who lived and suffered the Falklands War, combatants on both sides and civilians in the Falklands and families in the UK.

£9.95   Now £4.00

French Poems of the Great War

Impressive poems by French war poets comparable with English translated by Ian Higgins.
£11.95  Now £5.00 

Cockerels and Vultures poems by a French First World War poet

Poignant poems of a young French soldier’s experience of the First World War

£9.95   Now £4.00

Remembrance Poems and Readings

The classic remembrance poems and much more

£11.95  Now £5.00

Kosovo War Poetry

Insight into this little understood war

£4.99  Now £1.00

​Post and packing £2-78 on each order, regardless of number of books.

Published by Saxon Books, specialist in war poetry books for over 25 years

To buy at these special prices go to the publisher’s website.


Minds at War Info and reviews

Minds at War, Poetry and experience of the First World War

The largest English anthology of First World War poetry currently available.

This long established, moving, fascinating and encyclopaedic volume includes:

250 poems by 80 poets, The great classic poems of the war by Owen, Sassoon, Brooke, Rosenberg, Sorley, Gurney, Thomas, Blunden, Binyon, McCrae, Grenfell, Seeger, Kipling, and others

Poems by 26 women poets, and 40 other significant poets

Lost” verse that enjoyed extraordinary popularity during the First World War

Extracts from diaries, personal letters and accounts

Pronouncements by the media, leading commentators and politicians of the day

An insight into poets and propaganda

Historic photographs and cartoons

Maps, biographies, glossary, bibliography, additional illustrations

Edited by David Roberts

It is widely used in academic institutions in Britain and America.

410 pages.


My students are devouring it faster than I can assign readings. This is a great collection.” – Thomas H Crofts, Assistant Professor of English, East Tennessee State University.

“I continue to be impressed by the blend of poems famous and others not well-known but illuminating, and the inclusion of citations from politicians, newspapers, etc, that will save hours of classroom explanation.” – Christopher Armitage

Bowman and Gordon Gray Professor of English, Adjunct Professor of Peace, War and Defense, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA

“[With Out in the Dark,] Minds at War . . . puts many other First World War anthologies into the shade.” – Gordon Hodgson, in National Association of Teachers of English web review on yahoo.co.uk

Minds at War is no mere anthology but a comprehensive overview of the poetry and experience of the First World War. David Roberts sets the poems and the poets’ lives within a contextual commentary which keeps the story of the war moving forward and provides as many useful historic insights as poetic.” – Peter Carter, The John Masefield Society Newsletter.

Reviews on the Amazon Minds at War book page

S. A. Hole

5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable book.

Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on 13 December 2016

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Unbelievable book, not just all the poems but also all the other information about what went on in the first world war – a must read, i went from cover to cover in no time. fab book.



5.0 out of 5 stars

Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on 16 April 2015

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This book sits on the table of my “reading nook.” I have turned through its pages, have devoured the poetry of those who were devoured by “the first of the last wars,” and each time I put the book down I am in awe of what I have read. Emotions that seem beyond words are, here, wrapped by words so well that one feels the sadness, the hurt, the fury, the emptiness, the cynicism, fatalism – and joy – whispered or shouted here. There are wars, non-stop, but this war, an explosion of political tectonic shifts, was a stagnating horror. And these poems, written by some who were killed or died before the war’s end, turns history into reality.

And it helps greatly that there is “background” provided for the poems, overviews of what was happening against which the poems take place, so that one can read from start to finish or read as one does books of poems, “here and there.” As I’m reading these while reading other books about WWI, this book gives jolting colors to the historical perspectives – and what colors!

Amazon Customer

5.0 out of 5 stars Painful but beautifully written

Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on 20 March 2017

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Excellent book about this terrible war. I’ve read a few books on World War I from the British side and this was absolutely painful to read, however it meant so much to read the poetry and read about the ability of humans to go on in the face of such great loss of loved ones.


Mrs. RP Meinke

5.0 out of 5 stars Minds at War

Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on 19 February 2014

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I bought my copy of this book first at the Imperial War Museum some 15 yrs ago, and I was enthralled by it, as it tells so many stories and shows aspects of life on every front during the 1914-1918 War. It shows the reality also the heartache and horrors in poems, prose, letters, and pictures – photographic and art

This other copy I bought for a friend.

410 Pages 9″x 6″ Paperback ISBN 978-0-9528969-0-6 £15.99 Now £7.00 (UK only)

Published by Saxon Books www.saxonbooks.co.uk

Cover picture of First World War anthology, Out in the Dark

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