Vol. 1 / Issue 1
Even If by Robert Anderson is an imagining of the way in which Rudyard Kipling resisted and ultimately succumbed to allowing his only son John to join the Irish Guards combat unit in 1915 and subsequently the way in which Kipling survived his son's disappearance at the Battle of Loos in the same year. The novel also imagines Kipling taking part in brokering in the secret First-World-War-Rubber-for-Optical-Glass-Agreement between the Allied and Central Powers which allowed the conflict to continue for an additional three years at the cost of millions of lives. Appearing in the story are the likes of Winston Churchill, Statesman Alfred Milner, 1st Viscount Milner, Novelist Robert Graves, Chaplain-General to the British Forces Bishop John Taylor Smith, German Field Marshal Alfred Graf von Schlieffen, and Kipling's sister and companion, Novelist Alice (Beatrice) MacDonald Fleming.