What Owen, Sassoon and the other war poets put into words, Fenwick has captured visually with his photographs. Among the many books on the centenary of World War 1, (Zero Hour) is perhaps the most unusual and the most moving.
THE DAILY MAIL, 23 June 2016
These (The Zero Hour Panoramas) are incredibly beautiful photographs.
John Wilson, Front Row BBC RADIO 4, 1 July 2016
Original, vivid and haunting:
a must-read account of the first day of the Somme.
Peter Frankopan, author of THE SILK ROAD
Four and a half months of continual fighting, six months’ preparation and a century’s reflection bring very different accounts in the books under review, though their common theme is tragedy. The most original and visually arresting is Jolyon Fenwick’s Zero Hour.
Allan Mallinson in THE SPECTATOR, 1 July 2016
In the 1920s, the Bishop of Ripon was moved to describe
the new national ritual of Armistice Day as ‘the new Good Friday
of the post-war world’. But, as we are reminded by the elegiac prose and artworks contained in Jolyon Fenwick’s deeply moving new book, it is perhaps that fateful day on the sunlit downlands of Picardy that most closely resembles our national Passion; a day that witnessed the greatest human suffering and personal sacrifice our country has ever known.
COUNTRY LIFE, 1 June 2016
The Zero Hour Panoramas are historic documents
SKY NEWS, 1 July 2016
Best New History Books: Recommended by Saul David
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH, 29 June 2016
Through his powerful words and clever use of panoramic photographs ... Fenwick has painted a fitting memorial to a tale of unstinting courage and unspeakable suffering. ... Fenwick’s painstaking research
tells of an event which should never be repeated.
PRESS ASSOCIATION, 2 June 2016
Beautiful photographs that remember a tragic battle.
Tom Seymour, BBC CULTURE, 30 June 2016
Best Books on the Somme: Recommended by Max Hastings.
THE TIMES, 25 June 2016
Finding beauty in a battle site.
SPECTATOR LIFE, 1 July 2016
A chilling testament to the futility of outdated battlefield strategy and total disregard for human life.
THE GLASGOW HERALD, 2 June 2016
An indispensable companion for those seeking to understand Day One of the Battle.
General Sir Nick Carter KCB CBE DSO ADC Gen (Chief of the General Staff; Head of the British Army)
The ideal accompaniment to what is still a national pilgrimage.
Professor Norman Stone