THE LARKS BY JEM SHAW
Launching every day into the air with lunatic joy, the larks shout their brief lives at the sky. Andy Palmer is a few days shy of his eighteenth birthday when he joins his squadron in Northern France. It is June 1916 and the great slaughter of the Somme approaches. In the desperate humour and visceral fear of the weeks that follow we see the effect of daily madness on ordinary, civilised people.
With a strong eye for accuracy, The Larks is moving, often lewdly funny and occasionally shockingly brutal.