This book incorporates the experiences, not only of writers turned soldiers and medical scientists turned enablers of fighting, but also of pacifist agitators. The character Beattie Roper is based on the historical Alice Wheeldon
13 January 1917
Working-class ex-suffragist Alice Wheeldon
was arrested on the testimony of intelligence agents posing as conscientious objectors, along with her two daughters and a genuine conscientious objector they were harbouring.