The Last Post

Book cover for The Last Post by BK Duncan

A novella prequel to Foul Trade. Written to give you a flavour of what made May Keaps into the young woman she was, and a taste of what it might have been like to be subjected to the horrors of the Great War.

* The Last Post was previously published as Faith’s Reward

Drawings inspired by The Last Post

These were executed by an artist friend but imagine they were sketched by a Tommie resting from a spell in the trenches, and rediscovered 100 years later in an attic trunk. They are dedicated to the men and women whose memories we can share but whose experiences were wholly their own. May no one have to endure such horror again.


Explore the other books in the May Keaps series:

Foul Trade

Found Drowned

Examine the background research that went into the writing of The Last Post:

The Great War

The May Keaps series

You may also be interested in the Rhythms in Crime Dance Quartet or Walls of Silence




Historical fiction. Edwardian family. From Ruth Wade collection

The past in the present

Hilary Mantel’s thoughts on historical fiction chime with mine.  

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Family photograph of young man in WW1 uniform. Ruth Wade collection

Behind The Last Post

Here is a peek into how I went about gathering background and checking historical accuracy

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Still from Wellcome film on shell-shock treatment in WW1


I’d always had a horrified fascination

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Ticket for WWI Centenary Commemoration in Harrogate Library 10/11/2018

WWI centenary commemorations

They went with songs to the battle, they were young.

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