The Storms of War

by Kate Williams

Family Drama Historical Fiction

The Storms of War Synopsis

In the idyllic early summer of 1914, life is good for the de Witt family. German Rudolf and his aristocratic English wife Verena are planning the wedding of their daughter, Emmeline, while their eldest son Arthur is studying in Paris and Michael is just back from his first term at Cambridge. Celia, the youngest of the de Witt children, is on the brink of adulthood, and secretly dreams of escaping her carefully mapped out future and exploring the world. But with the onslaught of war, the de Witts find themselves in danger of losing everything they hold dear. As Celia struggles to make sense of the changing world around her, she lies about her age to join the war effort and finds herself embroiled in a complex plot that puts her and those she loves in danger. With gripping detail and brilliant empathy, Kate Williams tells the story of Celia and her family as they are shunned by a society that previously embraced them, torn apart by sorrow, and buffeted and changed by the storms of war.

The Good Book Guide Review

In the early summer of 1914, the De Witt family seem happy as Rudolf and Verena plan their eldest daughter’s wedding, whilst their youngest child, fifteen-year-old Celia whose story frames the novel, is longing to break free of her family’s expectations. She dreams of exploring the world, but when war is declared everybody finds the old conventions radically and swiftly overturned. A family once embraced in the neighbourhood are shunned because of their Germanic heritage, and Celia lies about her age to join the war effort, an action that will bring profound consequences. Vibrant and empathetic, this novel brings fresh insight to familiar territory.

The Storms of War Press Reviews

'a big juicy drama set on the eve of the First World War. TV historian Kate Williams paints a spellbinding portrait of a family clinging on desperately to their privileged way of life' GOOD HOUSEKEEPING

 

'A beautifully conjured family saga. Fans of DOWNTON ABBEY will love it' -- Alison Weir

 

'Brilliant - a passionate and poignant story of a glittering family on the precipice of a vanished world. Spellbinding, gripping and beautiful - a must read ... the new CAZALET CHRONICLES' -- Lisa Hilton

 

'[An] all-encompassing, sweeping epic. It's a book to get immersed in for hours at a time ... powerful ... a wonderful achievement' -- Katherine Webb

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ISBN: 9781409144885
Publication date: 12/03/2015
Publisher: Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co
Format: Paperback

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Book Information

ISBN: 9781409144885
Publication date: 12th March 2015
Author: Kate Williams
Publisher: Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 528 pages
Genres: Family Drama, Historical Fiction,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Kate Williams

Kate Williams studied her BA at Somerville College, Oxford where she was a College Scholar and received the Violet Vaughan Morgan University Scholarship. She then took her MA at Queen Mary, University of London and her DPhil at Oxford. Kate's first book was England's Mistress: the Infamous Life of Emma Hamilton and her second, Becoming Queen was about the passionate youth of Queen Victoria and Princess Charlotte. She was also a consultant on the movie Young Victoria which starred Emily Blunt and Rupert Friend and has appeared on the Today programme and as a guest reviewer on Newsnight Review in ...

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