About the book
Against the World War One backdrop of troops being mindlessly slaughtered at the whim of upper-echelon officers, We Will Not Cease is a story of extreme bravery and resolve. It is the epic record of New Zealander Archibald Baxter's brutal treatment as a conscientious objector. In 1915, when he was 33, Baxter was arrested, sent to prison, then shipped under guard to Europe where he was forced to the front line against his will. Enduring the infamous Field Punishment No. 1 he was pushed to the limits of his physical and mental endurance, Baxter was stripped of all dignity, beaten, starved and left for dead. In the final attempt to discredit him authorities consigned him to a mental institution, an experience that would haunt him for the rest of his life.
Long regarded as a classic, his book is as relevant now as when it was first published in 1939.Foreword by Michael King.
We Will Not Cease is soon to be a major feature film. Baxter and other conscientious objectors are the subject of the TV programme, Field Punishment No. 1 , screened on TV One.
About the author
Archibald Baxter's influence, not least on his son Terence, a conscientious objector in World War II, and on his poet son, James K. Baxter, continues today.
Against the backdrop of troops being mindlessly slaughtered at the whim of upper-echelon officers, We Will Not Cease is a story of extreme bravery and resolve.