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Different Drums delves into the Manthorpe family's pacifist journey from religious non-conformity to humanitarianism. Set in Norwich, the story begins in February 1917 when Walter Manthorpe, a staunch Quaker, sought exemption from military service as a conscientious objector. His steadfast beliefs landed him in the military barracks at Mousehold, followed by a harrowing period of solitary confinement in Wormwood Scrubs while London was being bombed. Sentenced to five years in prison, Walter took the option of Alternativist service. This was supposedly an opportunity to contribute to society while withholding support for the war but turned out to be gruelling and pointless hard labour in penal work camps.
When he returned to Norwich, he ran one of the first health food stores in England. By 1923 he had been received back into civic life and elected chairman of the Norwich District Grocers' Association. Walter had two sons, Walter Jr and Jack, and as fate would have it, they both came of age as the second World War gained pace. The bonds of blood and ideology were tested as the two brothers faced choices that would define their futures.
This work paints a portrait of a famous Victorian family, the Haggards, looking at how they epitomized the imperial Victorian lifestyle. Although Rider Haggard is the only member of the family whose fame has lasted, his six brothers and three sisters were all successful in their own way.
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“I must also add how much I like and respect your earlier Children of the Empire. There isn’t a sentence in it that doesn’t reflect deep research.”
Stephen Coan, author
From Gordon Smith’s diaries takes us from his first impressions in 1898 through his detailed observations of the inland sea and his environs, and through the Russo-Japanese war to 1907. A great number of paintings as well as mementoes and photographs are reproduced in the book so that the reader as Gordon Smith intended, may experience the kaleidoscope of old Japan. The text has been drawn from the eight volumes which gordon smith bequeathed to his family and which have lain closed for sixty years and an introduction has been provided which supplies the backgrounds to the diaries to Richard Gordon Smith, and to the events of his life.
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