Hope's unblinking prose is reminiscent of Vera Brittain's classic memoir Testament of Youth . (New York Times). Remembrance Day 1920: A wartime secret connects three women's lives: Hettie whose wounded brother won't speak; Evelyn who still grieves for her lost lover; and Ada, who has never received an official letter about her son's death, and is still waiting for him to come home. As the mystery that binds them begins to unravel, far away, in the fields of France, the Unknown Soldier embarks on his journey home. The mood of the nation is turning towards the future - but can these three women ever let go of the past?
In the dark days following the First World War, no one has come through unscathed. In November 1920, in the five days that it took to bring the Unknown Soldier over from France to his final resting place, we follow three women all unknowingly connected. Each is struggling to come to terms with their losses, unable to rebuild their lives, full of confusion. A deeply moving, compassionate novel, exploring many strands of the damage war causes, which ultimately tries to answer the question – in the wake of war, is hope possible again?
'A compelling and emotionally charged debut about the painful aftermath of war and the ways - small, brave or commonplace - that keep us going. It touches feelings we know, and settings - dance halls, war front, queues outside the grocer - that we don't. I loved it.' -- Rachel Joyce, author of THE UNLIKELY PILGRIMAGE OF HAROLD FRY
'A tender and timely novel, full of compassion and quiet insight. The author gives us a moving and original glimpse into the haunted peace after the Great War, her characters drawn by the gravity of the unmarked, the unknown and perhaps, finally, the unhoped for.' -- Chris Cleave, author of THE OTHER HAND
'Wake is powerful and humane; a novel that charms and beguiles. Anna Hope's characters are so real; flawed and searching, and her prose so natural, one almost forgets how very great a story she is telling.' -- Sadie Jones, author of THE OUTCAST
'Superb ... beautifully crafted Irish Times A moving novel about the aftershock of the 1914-1918 conflict. ... unlikely many will prove better than Anna Hope's Wake' Sunday Times
Publication date: 01/01/2015
Publisher: Black Swan an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd
Publication date: 16/01/2014
Publisher: Doubleday an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd
|Publication date:||1st January 2015|
|Publisher:||Black Swan an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Historical Fiction,|
|Categories:||Historical fiction, First World War fiction,|
Anna Hope was born in Manchester and educated at Oxford University and RADA. She is the author of the acclaimed debut Wake. The Ballroom is her second novel, and is inspired by the true story of her great grand-father. Author photo © Jonathan Greet, 2014 Below is a Q & A with this author Your author’s note states that The Ballroom was inspired by your great-great-grandfather. Would you tell us a little about how you came to know of his story? I was doing some digging into my family history and came across the census of 1911, where ...More About Anna Hope