Discover one of the most authentic, moving and gripping portrayals of British soldiers ever written. This classic novel of the First World War appears in a new edition for the centenary of the conflict.
John Harris was born in 1916 and grew up in South Yorkshire. He became a journalist and worked for the Rotherham Advertiser and the Sheffield Telegraph, joining the RAF as a corporal attached to the South African Air Force during the Second World War and returning to journalism when the war ended.He became a full-time author after the success of his 1953 novel The Sea Shall Not Have Them, which was made into a film. He wrote more than eighty works of fiction and non-fiction, including books under pseudonyms Max Hennessy and Mark Hebden. As Hebden he created the crime series featuring Inspector Pel, which his daughter Juliet continued after his death in 1991.
The last line 'Two years in the making. Ten minutes in the destroying. That was our history', ought to be carved in stone somewhere . . . Find it. Read it. You'll be a better person for having done so - Daily MailAn anti-war book right up there with Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front - ShortlistCovenant With Death . . . showed with unbearable actuality what happened to a newly formed Sheffield regiment on the first day of the battle of the Somme - GuardianJohn Harris's neglected masterpiece of a novel, Covenant With Death, is the success that it is because it follows a group of Sheffield workers from their flag-waving sign-up to the hecatomb on the Somme - The AtlanticA superb novel - Daily MirrorThe blood and guts, the nightmare stink of cordite . . . appalling realism - Daily TelegraphTrue and terrible - ObserverAn outstanding achievement - Sunday Express