Dianne Graves

To the shock and dismay of everyone who knew her or worked with her, Dianne Graves died on 2 June 2021. Robin Brass Studio is proud to have published three of her books, which remain as a testament to her interest in women at war and those who care for others in difficult times.

Dianne Graves's latest book,
In the Company of Sisters, received an enthusiastic review by Debbie Marshall in Fife & Drum (spring 2021), the respected historical publication of the Friends of Fort York:

"Dianne Graves has done it again. … In her newest offering, In the Company of Sisters, she casts her gaze on the multilayered experiences of Canadian women in the war zone during the First World War. The result is a fascinating, brilliantly researched, and often poignant book that adds much to our understanding of the Great War. … this book should be on the shelf of anyone who wants to have a deeper understanding of the experience of Canadians in that long-ago conflict."

To read the whole review, go to page 20 of Fife & Drum, spring 2021.
In Review… Donald E. Graves's Forgotten Soldiers trilogy
Field of Glory
Where Right and Glory Lead!
And All Their Glory Past

Reviewed by William S. Dudley in The Journal of Military History, April 2014.

“Several appealing characteristics of Graves’s style are his mordant sense of humor, his appreciation of soldiers’ anecdotes, and the inclusion of one or two stanzas of soldiers’ songs, ‘the poetry of the lower ranks,’ that introduce most chapters. Each book contains valuable appendices, clear maps, good illustrations, and explanatory citations which enhance the text. Taken together, these volumes make an essential and important contribution to the history of the war, written by a master of the genre. This trilogy is highly recommended reading for U.S. students and scholars who have not taken the time or made the effort to comprehend the War of 1812 in the Canada-U.S. borderlands.

For the full review click here to read it in pdf.
In Review…
And All Their Glory Past by Donald E. Graves.
Reviewed by Robert L. Fraser in The Fife and Drum, the newsletter of the Friends of Fort York.

“Graves’s work is notable for the breadth and depth of his research, a wide-ranging perspective that includes all combatants, an intrinsic fairness in evaluating the participants and the problems they encountered, an ability to balance strategic concerns with tactical imperatives, a commitment to the soldier’s view whether private or general, and an appreciation for ground, logistics, administration, weather, communication, politics, and the weapons and technology of warfare. This accomplishment is no mean feat…

… Graves has produced yet another fine study of 1812. This war and those who fought in it were once almost forgotten. That observation is no longer true and much of the credit goes to Donald Graves.”

For the full review click here to go to Fife and Drum, December 2013
On stage, In the Midst of Alarms: The Untold Story of Women and the War of 1812.

Dianne Graves's book In the Midst of Alarms: The Untold Story of Women and the War of 1812 was adapted for the stage at University of Toronto Mississauga in November 2012.

The third-year class of student actors in the joint Sheridan-UTM Theatre and Drama Studies Program developed a collective stage adaptation based on Dianne Graves's book. Under professional direction, the class of over 20 young men and women created an original 2-hour drama by adapting selected stories and documents from the text into monologues, scenes and narrations, accompanied by projected graphics.

The photo shows Dianne Graves with the cast.
(Photo courtesy of Theatre Erindale)