Everyone Brave Is Forgiven

Everyone Brave Is Forgiven

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 12/01/2017
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Everyone Brave Is Forgiven
An absolute must read
Sometimes you discover a book so brilliant that you’re not quite sure anything you read in the future will quite be good enough. Everyone Brave is Forgiven... READ MORE
Alison Heather at Bury St Edmunds Arc Centre


  War was declared at 11.15 and Mary North signed up at noon. She did it at lunch, before telegrams came, in case her mother said no… Nineteen hours later she reached St Pancras in clouds of steam, still wearing her alpine sweater. The train’s whistle screamed. London, then. It was a city in love with beginnings. London, 1939. Young, bright, and brave, Mary is certain she’d be a marvelous spy. When she is—bewilderingly—made a teacher, she finds herself defying prejudice to protect the children her country would rather forget. Tom, meanwhile, finds that he will do anything for Mary. And when Mary and Alistair meet, it is love, as well as war, that will test them in ways they could not have imagined. Three lives entangled in violence and passion, friendship and deception, all inexorably shaping their hopes, dreams and futures. Set in London during the years of 1939–1942, when citizens had slim hope of survival, much less victory; and on the strategic island of Malta, which was daily devastated by the Axis barrage, Everyone Brave is Forgiven features little-known history and a perfect wartime love story inspired by the real-life love letters between Chris Cleave’s grandparents. This dazzling novel dares us to understand that, against the great theatre of world events, it is the intimate losses, the small battles, the daily human triumphs that change us most. An extraordinary story of love and honour in extreme circumstances, from the multi-award-winning author of The Other Hand. 'Ian McEwan did this with Atonement, Sarah Waters did it with The Night Watch, and Chris Cleave does it too with Everyone Brave is Forgiven...A compelling and finely crafted novel.' - FT 'A cracker' - Stylist 'His best book to date' - Esquire Guardian Literary Highlight of 2016 Independent Best Book to read in 2016 Irish News Top Picks for 2016 Washington Post 20 Books We Can't Wait to Read in 2016

  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
  • ISBN: 9781473618718
  • Number of pages: 464
  • Weight: 320g
  • Dimensions: 201 x 129 x 29 mm

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Everyone Brave Is Forgiven
Intense, fascinating and enjoyable. Wartime reality in a novel.
I was so keen to read this book that I invested in the hardback (that, and I was in a favourite bookshop just before we moved house). I am glad I did, part... READ MORE
Everyone Brave Is Forgiven
'An Story about World War11'
I totally enjoyed reading this book. Very in-depth and quite long, over 400 pages, but well worth the read in the end! The story is written by the author w... READ MORE
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