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Journey's End

(1930)
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Hailed by George Bernard Shaw as 'useful [corrective] to the romantic conception of war', R.C. Sherriff's Journey's End is an unflinching vision of life in the trenches towards the end of the First World War, published in Penguin Classics.

Set in the First World War, Journey's End concerns a group of British officers on the front line and opens in a dugout in the trenches in France. Raleigh, a new eighteen-year-old officer fresh out of English public school, joins the besieged company of his friend and cricketing hero Stanhope, and finds him dramatically changed. Laurence Olivier starred as Stanhope in the first performance of Journey's End in 1928; the play was an instant stage success and remains a remarkable anti-war classic.

R.C. Sherriff (1896-1975) joined the army shortly after the outbreak of the First World War, serving as a captain in the East Surrey regiment. After the war, an interest in amateur theatricals led him to try his hand at writing. Following rejection by many theatre managements, Journey's End was given a single performance by the Incorporated Stage Society, in which Lawrence Olivier took the lead role. The play's enormous success enabled Sherriff to become a full-time writer, with plays such as Badger's Green (1930), St Helena (1935), and The Long Sunset (1955); though he is also remembered as a screenplay writer, for films such as The Invisible Man (1933), Goodbye Mr Chips (1933) and The Dam Busters (1955).

If you enjoyed Journey's End, you might like Robert Graves's Goodbye to All That, available in Penguin Modern Classics.

'Its unrelenting tension, and its regard for human decency in a vast world of human waste, are impressive and, even now, moving'
Clive Barnes

Genre: Thriller

Used availability for R C Sherriff's Journey's End

Hardback Editions

1967 : Hardback

Title: Journey's End
Author(s): R C Sherriff
Publisher: Heinemann
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Paperback Editions

January 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: Journey's End (Penguin Modern Classics)
Author(s): R C Sherriff
ISBN: 0-241-33385-7 / 978-0-241-33385-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Classics
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September 2006 : Paperback
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Title: [(Journey's End )] [Author: R. C. Sherriff] [Sep-2006]
Author(s): R C Sherriff
Publisher: LONGMAN
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April 2004 : USA Paperback
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Title: Journey's End a Play in Three Acts
Author(s): R C Sherriff
ISBN: 0-7661-9340-3 / 978-0-7661-9340-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing Co
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October 2000 : UK Paperback
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Title: Journey's End (Penguin Modern Classics)
Author(s): R C Sherriff
ISBN: 0-14-118326-8 / 978-0-14-118326-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Classics
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December 1958 : UK Paperback
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Title: Journey's End
Author(s): R C Sherriff
ISBN: 0-435-22800-5 / 978-0-435-22800-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Heinemann Educational Publishers
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December 1969 : UK Paperback
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Title: Journey's End
Author(s): R C Sherriff, Vernon Bartlett
ISBN: 0-552-08314-3 / 978-0-552-08314-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Corgi Childrens
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Audio Editions

June 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Journey's End
Author(s): R C Sherriff
Publisher: BBC Digital Audio
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June 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Journey's End
Author(s): R C Sherriff
Publisher: BBC Digital Audio
Availability: Amazon UK