Everyone Brave is Forgiven

by Chris Cleave

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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.

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Everyone Brave is Forgiven Synopsis

The breathtaking new novel from the multi-award-winning author of THE OTHER HAND. When war is declared, Mary North leaves finishing school unfinished, goes straight to the War Office, and signs up. Tom Shaw decides to give it a miss - until his flatmate Alistair unexpectedly enlists, and the conflict can no longer be avoided. Young, bright and brave, Mary is certain she'd be a marvelous spy. When she is - bewilderingly - made a teacher, she instead finds herself defying prejudice to protect the children her country would rather forget. Tom, meanwhile, finds that he will do anything for Mary. And when Mary and Alistair meet, it is love, as well as war, that will test them in ways they could not have imagined, entangling three lives in violence and passion, friendship and deception, inexorably shaping their hopes and dreams.

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Everyone Brave is Forgiven Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

  • Joy Bosworth - 'It's powerful, it packs quite a punch then continues with the mundane of "normal life" in wartime.'
  • Sarah Webb - 'A beautifully written war time story which made me laugh and cry repeatedly.'
  • Ann Peet - 'Clever and compelling wartime novel.'
  • Olivia D'Silva - 'Keep Calm and Carry On? The writing is wonderfully descriptive and engaging, portraying in fine detail the spirit in which the war was entered into, encouraged by stoic billboard messages.'
  • Dawn Vanstone - 'This story takes you from the beginnings of war, through heartbreak and destruction and back out the other side to a better place.  I couldn't put it down!'
  • Alison Burns - 'War was declared at 11:15 and Mary North signed up at noon. So start's Chris Cleave's novel Everyone Brave is Forgiven...an excellent novel, very readable, very believable, hard to put down, and leaving you wanting more.'
  • Dana Captainino - 'This book holds your attention; you want to know what happens and if everyone is brave.  The characters are courageous. They are really brave but are they all forgiven?'
  • Anne Cater - 'but I honestly do think that I've found one of my top books of the year, maybe one of my top books of all time. It is stunning...'
  • Lucy Bunce - 'A thought-provoking antidote to over-romantic wartime thrillers - beautifully-written with characters who leave a mark.'
  • Edel Waugh - 'This is a beautiful and thought provoking story'
  • Ceri Forster - 'Fantastic dialogue, beautiful descriptions and interesting characters. Thoroughly enjoyable.'
  • Jane Ashbrook - 'Chris Cleave has produced yet another brilliant book. I was hooked from the outset and didn't want it to end! Thoroughly recommended.'
  • Christine Harris - 'An extraordinary read, dark and harrowing at times, full of emotion.'
  • Julie Bertschin - 'A truly marvellous story of endurance and hope spanning the Second World War, detailing the lives of civilians remaining in London and the hardships faced by troops defending Malta. I loved it!'
  • Clare Turner - 'Chris Cleave shows very effectively the impact of war, and how the whole world is shaken and changed.'
  • Katie Wright - 'Well written but too slow after the initial excellent start.'

Everyone Brave is Forgiven Press Reviews

'An addictive, propulsive read' – The Sunday Times

'beautifully written, funny, gut-wrenching and, above all, honest’ – Daily Mail

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ISBN: 9781473618695
Publication date: 21/04/2016
Publisher: Sceptre an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781473618695
Publication date: 21st April 2016
Author: Chris Cleave
Publisher: Sceptre an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 448 pages
Genres: Books of the Month, Reader Reviewed Books, eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Second World War fiction,

About Chris Cleave

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 Emmett

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