Vernon Scannell is undoubtedly one of the most important poets of the Second World War, a fact that is reflected in his critical acclaim and popular appeal. Of Love and War contains a selection, made by the author himself, of the best of his previously published poetry on the themes of love and war, along with a number of new poems. This combination presents the reader with a rich and enjoyable volume of work. As described in the Sunday Telegraph, Scannell's poems are carefully crafted: 'Scannell is one of what seems to be a vanishing breed, a poet of technical accomplishment who understands that poetry, like the other arts, is a craft as well' The poems in Of Love and War explore all aspects of human love and conflict in a wide range of ways - sardonic, celebratory, tender and bittersweet.
Vernon Scannell is one of the finest and most widely anthologised poets of our time. He served with The Gordon Highlanders during the Second World War in the Middle East and the Normandy D Day landings, after which he was wounded in the fighting. He has boxed as an amateur and a professional. His poetry has received a number of accolades including the Heinemann Award for Literature, the Cholmondoley Poetry Prize and a Society of Authors Travelling Scholarship. He has read his work to great acclaim on radio, TV and at countless literary festivals. He is an Honorary Fellow of The Royal Society of Literature and has been granted a Civil List Pension for his services to literature.