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  • Published: 16 April 2020
  • ISBN: 9781529124286
  • Imprint: Century
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 416
  • RRP: $40.00

The Prisoner's Wife

based on an inspiring true story




A debut novel set in 1944 war-torn Czechoslovakia amid the extreme privations of a prisoner of war camp. Based on a true story, passion, heroism and a love that transcends overwhelming odds.

Czechoslovakia, 1944In the dead of night a farm girl and a British soldier creep through abandoned villages. Izabela and prisoner-of-war Bill have secretly married and are on the run, searching for Izabela’s brother and father, who are fighting the Nazis as partisans. They’ve evaded capture in the countryside for a week, but when their luck runs out, they are delivered into the hands of the occupying enemy, the German army.

But they have prepared for this moment. Izabela’s hair has been shorn and, pretending to be unable to speak, she is assumed to be a mute young British soldier. The pair are transported to a POW camp and faced with living conditions far worse than those experienced by any animal on Izabela’s farm. They will need the help of their fellow POWs to maintain their deception, and the gravity of the situation becomes chillingly apparent; if they are discovered, Izabela will have put not just herself and Bill in great danger, but also all the men around them.

The Prisoner’s Wife tells of an incredible risk, and how our deepest bonds are tested in desperate times. Bill and Izabela’s is a story of love, and survival, against the darkest odds.

Based on a true story, and researched extensively by the author on location in Eastern Europe, this is a story that takes the reader deep into a rarely-seen side of the Second World War.

  • Published: 16 April 2020
  • ISBN: 9781529124286
  • Imprint: Century
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 416
  • RRP: $40.00

Praise for The Prisoner's Wife

The Prisoner’s Wife is a powerful love story that exquisitely depicts the courage and strength of the human spirit in the face of the tremendous cost of war…A wonderful book!

Chanel Cleeton, New York Times bestselling author The Last Train to Key West

Heart-wrenching’

Woman & Home

Based on the experiences of real people and real events, The Prisoner’s Wife seamlessly and skilfully breathes intense, fully realised life into the stark scenes it describes. The author shows us love's ability to inspire the deepest devotion as well as acts of unimaginable sacrifice and bravery. I was by turns moved, outraged and humbled

Deborah Kay Davies, author of True Things About Me

A powerful love story that exquisitely depicts the courage and strength of the human spirit in the face of the tremendous cost of war.

Chanel Cleeton, New York Times bestselling author The Last Train to Key West

An engrossing, harrowing and heart-warming novel that reveals humanity at its best and worst.

Ann Morgan, author of Reading The World

A powerful page-turner.

Marie Benedict, New York Times bestselling author of Lady Clementine

It is a story that Hemingway might have envied.

Juliet Gardiner, author of Wartime; Britain 1939 to 1945 and The Blitz; The British Under Attack.

You will be spellbound by this stellar debut.

Susan Meissner, Bestselling author of The Last Year of the War

Heart wrenching and heart-warming in equal measurean unputdownable novel.

Ben Kane, author of The Eagles of Rome series

Perhaps the most unique World War II story I’ve ever read.. A complete winner.

Sarah-Jane Stratford, Author of Red Letter Days

A gripping debut novel that explores the question of how much the human body, and the human spirit, can endure for the sake of love. The wealth of authentic detail makes it feel like the memoir of an exceptional young woman. I feel enriched to have read it.

Gill Paul, author of The Lost Daughter and The Secret Wife

An absorbing and engaging tale of wartime bravery and endurance. Bill and Izabela are such tenderly drawn characters…I loved it!

Rachel Hore, author of Last Letter Home and The Memory Garden

An absorbing and engaging tale of wartime bravery and endurance. Bill and Izabela are such tenderly drawn characters and the unusual circumstances under which which they survive the bitterness of war are convincingly portrayed. I loved it!’

Rachel Hore, author of Last Letter Home and The Memory Garden

A story of hope and courage against all odds

Woman’s Weekly

This is a beautiful book that will give any reader in dark times a reason to believe in the continuing goodness of people

Nicola Griffith, author of Hild

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