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The Repercussions by Catherine Hall
  

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A heartbreaking story of war contrasting two women, one a nurse during World War I who is based in the Brighton Pavilion nursing injured Indian soldiers but only in a supervisory capacity as actually nursing Indians is demeaning for a white woman and the other woman is a war photographer whose last assignment was with the ‘invisible’ women of Afghanistan. She meets both in jail and in their homes listening to their horrific stories of great suffering. Both women become pregnant which is interesting given their circumstances, but I won’t go into that; you must discover it. This is a well constructed tale of the consequences of war which does have a lift of mood at the end despite the gloom.

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Who is Sarah Broadhurst

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. Jo, a photographer, has returned to England, reeling from her recent harrowing experiences working in Afghan-istan. Suffering from burnout, confusion, and with a weighty secret, she finds writing her thoughts as a confessional letter to her ex-girlfriend a helpful therapy. In her flat, she discovers her great-grandmother’s diary, written when she worked as a nurse in the First World War. As we move back and forth from the diary entries to Jo’s confessional letter, we see two women separated by a hundred years in time, but each facing moral dilemmas, hardship, and heartache. A wonderfully evocative and moving tale, of two strong women deeply affected by the repercussions of war, each in love and facing loss.
~ Caroline White

Synopsis

The Repercussions by Catherine Hall

When war photographer Jo returns from her latest assignment in Afghanistan and moves into the Brighton flat she's just inherited, she hopes to restore equilibrium to her chaotic life. But images and events of her recent past and the reading of her great-grandmother Elizabeth's diary haunt her night and day, forcing Jo to come to terms with demons she thought she could leave behind.

About the Author

Catherine Hall

Catherine Hall was born in the Lake District in 1973. She worked in documentary film production before becoming a freelance writer and editor for a range of charities specialising in human rights and development. Her first novel was Days of Grace (Portobello, 2008).

Author Photo © Beth Crosland

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Publication date

30th November 1999

Author

Catherine Hall

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Literary Fiction
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9781846883347

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