One of our Books of the Year 2016.
May 2016 Book of the Month.
'War was declared at 11.15 and Mary North signed up at noon.'
With these words begins the most breathtaking novel of the year, Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave. Join Mary, Alistair and Tom as they try to survive in a war which seems to have consumed everything, everything that is except for love and honour.
WWII and Mary North escapes finishing school (unfinished) in Switzerland to sign up. Much to her surprise she gets a teaching post and later becomes an ambulance driver. Inbetween she falls for two very different men, both beneath her class, for it is class and prejudice, change and destruction that dominated this tragic novel. Set mostly in London and later in Malta with some truly horrific set-pieces, this haunts you well after you’ve finished it. The writing is brilliant, the dialogue sharp, the changing attitudes that the war imposes on folk beautifully realised. He is a very clever writer indeed. If you do not know you must read his best book The Other Hand too.
From the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Little Bee, a spellbinding novel about three unforgettable individuals thrown together by war, love, and their search for belonging in the ever-changing landscape of WWII London.It's 1939 and Mary, a young socialite, is determined to shock her blueblood political family by volunteering for the war effort. She is assigned as a teacher to children who were evacuated from London and have been rejected by the countryside because they are infirm, mentally disabled, orlike Marys favorite student, Zacharyhave colored skin. Tom, an education administrator, is distraught when his best friend, Alastair, enlists. Alastair, an art restorer, has always seemed far removed from the violent life to which he has now condemned himself. But Tom finds distraction in Mary, first as her employer and then as their relationship quickly develops in the emotionally charged times. When Mary meets Alastair, the three are drawn into a tragic love triangle andwhile war escalates and bombs begin falling around themfurther into a new world unlike any theyve ever known. A sweeping epic with the kind of unforgettable characters, cultural insights, and indelible scenes that made Little Bee so incredible, Chris Cleaves latest novel explores the disenfranchised, the bereaved, the elite, the embattled. Everyone Brave Is Forgiven is a heartbreakingly beautiful story of love, loss, and incredible courage.
|Publication date:||3rd May 2016|
|Publisher:||Simon & Schuster Audio Simon & Schuster Audio|
|Primary Genre||Historical fiction|
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'An addictive, propulsive read' – The Sunday Times
'beautifully written, funny, gut-wrenching and, above all, honest’ – Daily Mail
Chris Cleave was born in 1973 and graduated from Balliol College, Oxford with a First in Experimental Psychology. After trying out various career paths, including sailing in the Mediterranean and bar work in Melbourne, he worked at the Daily Telegraph for three years, and then for Martha Lane Fox at lastminute.com. He left there in 2003 to concentrate on writing full time. He lives in Paris with his wife and son. Photo credit: James EmmettMore About Chris Cleave