The sequel to My Dear, I Wanted To Tell You which was set during World War I. This is 1919 and Riley has returned from the front with part of his face missing. This damage is obvious but his close friend Peter comes home with shell-shock, a damage not easily seen and certainly not understood in that period. Peter battles dreadfully with his depression. Both men have the love of good women, families and friends but adapting to the world after such a horrific time was challenging for all. This is a tough subject beautifully handled.
The Heroes' Welcome is the incandescent sequel to the bestselling R&J pick My Dear, I Wanted to Tell You. Its evocation of a time deeply wounded by the pain of WW1 will capture and beguile readers fresh to Louisa Young's wonderful writing, and those previously enthralled by the stories of Nadine and Riley, Rose, Peter and Julia. LONDON, 1919 Two couples, both in love, both in tatters, come home to a changed world. When childhood sweethearts Riley and Nadine marry, it is a blessing on the peace that now reigns. But the newlyweds and their old friends Peter and Julia Locke wear the ravages of the Great War in very different ways. Where Nadine and Riley do their best to forge ahead and muster hope, Peter retreats into drink and nightmares, unable to bear the domestic life for which Julia pines.
This is a novel about the long-term effects of the First World War. Riley returns home with a disfigured face after part of his jaw was blown off. His commanding officer, Peter, is drinking heavily, and cannot forget the men lost under his command. Peter’s wife, Julia, cannot reach him or understand what he is going through; and Riley’s fiancée, Nadine, worries his injuries will affect their relationship physically and emotionally. Finally, there is Rose, concerned that all this damage will prevent her from gaining her independence at last. Beautifully written, it sensitively highlights the lasting impact of war.
Praise for THE HEROES
'If you read one novel about the effects of the First World War this year, make it this one. It has brain with its brawn and deserves a hero's welcome'
'Fierce and tender, The Heroes' Welcome depicts heroism on the grand scale and the importance of the tiniest act of courage' Observer
'Young possesses in abundance emotional conviction, pace and imaginative energy, and these qualities will draw readers with her through time and space, as she unfolds the story of the Lockes and Purefoys on their journey through the 20th century' Guardian
'Powerful, sometimes shocking, boldly conceived, it fixes on war's lingering trauma to show how people adapt - or not - and is irradiated by anger and pity' Sunday Times
Publication date: 09/04/2015
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 22/05/2014
Publisher: The Borough Press an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
|Publication date:||9th April 2015|
|Publisher:||HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction, World War One Literature,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
Louisa Young was born in London. She was for many years a freelance journalist, working mostly for the motorcycle press, for Marie Claire and for the Guardian. She has travelled widely and published ten books. She lives in London and Italy with her daughter. She is the adult half of Zizou Corder, authors of the best-selling Lionboy trilogy, which is published in 36 languages.More About Louisa Young