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An epic story of love and war, and of England in the first half of the twentieth century, from the bestselling author of Captain Corelli's Mandolin.

A return to the epic romance, heroism, history and warm and eccentric cast of characters that made CAPTAIN CORELLI'S MANDOLIN such an extraordinary hit (2.5 million copies sold).

In the brief golden years before the outbreak of World War I, Rosie McCosh and her three very different sisters are growing up in an eccentric household in Kent, with their neighbours the Pitt boys on one side and the Pendennis boys on the other. But their days of childhood adventure are shadowed by the approach of the conflict that will engulf them on the cusp of adulthood.

When the boys end up scattered along the Western Front, Rosie is left confused by her love for two young men - one an infantry soldier and one a flying ace. Can she, and her sisters, build new lives out of the opportunities and devastations that follow the Great War?

Reviews

A feast of a novel … This book is very much a hit

John Sutherland, The Times

Louis de Bernieres is in the direct line that runs through Dickens and Evelyn Waugh... he has only to look into his world, one senses, for it to rush into reality, colours and touch and taste

Evening Standard

This, [De Bernieres]’ eighth novel, proves that he can and is still producing Good Things

Fiona Wilson, The Times

A richly rewarding read

Vanessa Berridge, Daily Express

De Bernieres is an astute observer of the human heart, and his account of an idealistic young woman learning to live in the real world is beautifully observed

Mail on Sunday

It’s a book in which readers will happily immerse themselves, and one which will surely and deservedly be a bestseller

Allan Massie, Scotsman

Rhapsodic, wistful and with more than a touch of whimsy… It’s pure escapism of the very highest quality

Jeffrey Taylor, 4 stars, Sunday Express

[A] charming and quietly moving tale

Christian House, 4 stars, Sunday Telegraph

Another epic novel of love and loss

Woman and Home

Moving

Bert Wright, Nudge

The comparisons with his Captain Corelli’s Mandolin are happily justified

Micyael Conagyan, Belfast Telegraph Morning

Magnificent and moving

MrsD-Daily

Magnificent and moving.

BabyBarista

This is a novel suffused with warmth and humour as it follows the threads of love and family ties. It is a pleasure to follow these characters through the tumultuous times in which they live… a well-told and engrossing story, bringing back to life a generation who are slipping from our collective memory.

Kate Slotover, Riddle

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780099597834

    May 2, 2016

    Vintage

    528 pages

    RRP $26.00

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  • Hardback

    9781846558764

    July 15, 2015

    Harvill Secker

    528 pages

    RRP $60.00

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  • Trade Paperback

    9781846558771

    July 1, 2015

    Harvill Secker

    528 pages

    RRP $38.00

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  • Audio Book

    9781846574207

    July 15, 2015

    Audiobooks

    RRP $70.00

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  • EBook

    9781473511408

    July 2, 2015

    Vintage Digital

    528 pages

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Also by Louis de Bernieres

Of Love and Desire
Imagining Alexandria
The Death of Miss Agatha Feakes (Storycuts)
Talking to George (Storycuts)
The Girt Pike (Storycuts)
Notwithstanding
A Partisan's Daughter
Birds Without Wings
Sunday Morning At The Centre Of The World
Captain Corelli's Mandolin
The Troublesome Offspring Of Cardinal Guzman
Senor Vivo & The Coca Lord
War Of Don Emmanuel's Nether Parts

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