Was It Yesterday? is a fictionalised account of experiences in the First World War by A. M. Bown, a well-known Shropshire farmer. He spent four years at the front as a subaltern in the Royal Artillery, being wounded twice, gassed once and winning the Military Cross for conspicuous gallantry.

His book was first published in 1928 and was well reviewed in London, Toronto, Melbourne and Cape Town. His family have decided to reprint it during the centenary of the War, with all proceeds going to the Royal British Legion and Trinity College Oxford (where Bown held a scholarship). A recent reviewer wrote: “It gives a better feel of the nature of World War I than any other book I’ve read – a good balance between the frightful and the entertaining”.

The author’s daughter, Professor Lalage Bown, who lives in Shrewsbury, will be attending the Shropshire History Day at the Shirehall on October 15th (see events listings). She will be glad to discuss her father’s story and will be selling copies of the book for £10. Copies are also available by post at £11.99. Her e-mail is: [email protected].