Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo

Published June 17, 2021

Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo

Book info

  • Title Private Peaceful
  • Author Michael Morpurgo
  • Year 2003
  • Genre History

Told in the voice of Private Tommo Peaceful, the story follows twenty-four hours at the front, and captures his memories of his family and his village life – by no means as tranquil as it appeared. Full of vivid detail and engrossing atmosphere, leading to a dramatic and moving conclusion, Private Peaceful is both a compelling love story and a deeply moving account of the First World War.


So brutal, and even more so than usual because as a book written for children, it uses simple language that just hits home the hardship and horrors of war. But underneath that there’s a wonderful heart-warming story about family and honour, about doing your best at all times, and about doing what’s right even if it’s not what everyone else agrees with.

Sad, sorrowful but so important.

Rating: 5 / 5

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