Don’t Be Late in the Morning

Karen Ette

David Adcock, grows up in the Leicestershire village of Syston. Popular and respected by his friends, they later become his pals on The Western Front where, as a ‘fighting Leicester Tiger’, he experiences one of the most catastrophic and overlooked battles of the First World War.

His childhood sweetheart, Emily Jane Wade, is the only girl in a family of five children who is sent to live with a cruel aunt and uncle after her mother’s death. After the outbreak of war her role in society changes and scandal shrouds her relationship with David.

Don’t Be Late in the Morning is written from original, unpublished letters and diaries, filling a lacuna in British Great War fiction.


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About the Author

Dr Karen Ette graduated from Loughborough University with an MA in creative writing and a PhD in contemporary and modern English, creative writing, which focused on Great War literature. She has lectured on creative writing and is currently a lay chaplain at Loughborough University. Previously she worked in educational administration for many years and published a guidebook for students on how to complete UCAS applications.

A writer with Ruler’s Wit (, she has published work with them in Spring Tales, Summer Tales, Autumn Tales and Winter Tales. She has also written several Christmas books including A Second Christmas Truce?, The Advent Calendar Recipe Book, and On Clouds of Words. Articles have been contributed to: Your Cat, The Racing Pigeon, The Tiger (the magazine of the Leicestershire and Rutland Western Front Association) and Stand To! (the journal of the Western Front Association). Her website is: and she writes two blogs – one which is travel and food based: and the other is centred on WW1: She is also a member of the Leicester Writers’ Club and the Association of Christian Writers.

As well as being a writer she is a freelance proofreader and copy-editor having trained with the Publishing Training Centre (PTC) and is a member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders. She has been a judge for the BBC’s 500 Words competition since it began.

Dr Ette lives in Leicestershire and her passion is cricket. She can always be found at the County Ground, Grace Road, whenever there is a match being played and where she has been a member since junior membership was just twenty-five pence.