Published: August 2004
Heroism or cowardice? A stunning story of the First World War from a master storyteller. Told in the voice of a young soldier, the story follows 24 hours in his life at the front during WW1, and captures his memories as he looks back over his life. Full of stunningly researched detail and engrossing atmosphere, the book leads to a dramatic and moving conclusion. Both a love story and a deeply moving account of the horrors of the First World War, this book will reach everyone from 9 to 90.
Private Peaceful is released in UK cinemas 12 October 2012.
Based on the bestselling book of the same name, Private Peaceful is a story beloved by many and written by celebrated author, Michael Morpurgo OBE.
Private Peaceful is the classic rites of passage story of two brothers and the exuberance and pain of their teenage love for the same girl, the pressures of their feudal family life, the horrors and folly of war and the ultimate price of courage and cowardice. PRIVATE PEACEFUL is set in the fields of Devon and the WW1 battlefields of Flanders, giving us a heart-breaking glimpse of the way we once lived - and still die.
PRIVATE PEACEFUL is directed by established director Pat O’Connor whose body of work includes Cal, Circle of Friends and Inventing the Abbotts. With starring roles from exciting young talent, Jack O’Connell (Skins, Harry Brown), George MacKay (The Boys are Back, Defiance) and Alexandra Roach (The Iron Lady, Anna Karenina), Private Peaceful also features a host of British talent including Richard Griffiths (Harry Potter, Hugo, Pirates of the Caribbean), Maxine Peake (Shameless, See No Evil, Criminal Justice), Frances de la Tour (Rising Damp, Harry Potter, Hugo) and John Lynch (Sliding Doors, Cal).
Thursday, 30th August 2012
Not to be missed, Private Peaceful will hit the UK cinemas on 12 October 2012.
Friday, 13th July 2012
On sale now… tickets to Private Peaceful - in the West End for 16 performances only.
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I wasn’t into reading at all two years ago. I remember my mum giving me this book to read on holiday and me saying “Do I have to read’’ and my mum saying ‘‘yes, it’s good for you’’ and she was 100 percent right. This book changed my thoughts on reading all together. It is absolutely brilliant and I’ve read it three times all ready and it brings a tear to my eye every time. The story behind the war and the conflict is beautiful and I will read it for a fourth time very soon !!!
Private Peaceful is definitely my favourite Michael Morpurgo book. Our class studied it in English and it really made me appreciate so much about life: the way families look out for each other and how the Germans weren’t our only enemy during the war. My favourite character is Big Joe because he’s really kind and loveable, yet so misunderstood by many people, I wish I knew how Michael Morpurgo can always dream up such fascinating characters.
The book War Horse was good because we have never read it.
The book was about a war horse and that’s what we know because it on the front cover!
(I don’t know private peaceful is because I have never read it but I think its about a gun.)
Brilliant! I finished this book after only TWO days of reading it! I could not put the book down. The end was very sad and I nearly cried! I’ve read Farm Boy and War Horse but Private Peaceful is the best! I’m really excited to see the movie! Does anyone know what Michael Morpurgo book I should read next? I’ve been thinking about Waiting for Anya, Alone on the Wide Wide Sea, Shadow and My Friend Walter. Can anyone tell me which is the best one??!
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