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Castle Reads

Castle Reads has been created to bring the Castle community together through a shared love of literature. Each term we will focus on a single work, and come together to discuss the main themes. Castle Reads is open to all faculty, students and staff and it's never too late to join in! Pick up your free copy from the Library today! 

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To read and enjoy this term: 

John Hilliard, a young subaltern returning to the Western Front after a brief period of sick leave back in England blind to the horrors of the trenches, finds his battalion tragically altered. His commanding officer finds escape in alcohol, there is a new adjutant and even Hilliard's batman has been killed. But there is David Barton. As yet untouched and unsullied by war, radiating charm and common sense, forever writing long letters to his family. Theirs is a strange meeting and a strange relationship: the coming together of opposites in the summer lull before the inevitable storm.

1Strange Meeting by Susan Hill 

The feeling of men under appalling stress at a particular moment in history is communicated with almost uncanny power - Sunday Times.

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