This work is suitable for readers of Sebastian Faulks , Helen Dunmore's Zennor in Darkness and The Siege , Rose Tremain's The Way I Found Her , and Pat Barker's Regeneration trilogy. It is October 1918 and London is gathering in its dead. For Henry Speake, of Speake & Son Undertakers, laying to rest the shattered young bodies of those sent home from the Front to die has become a grimly familiar duty. But what he is seeing now, as influenza claims its victims with increasing speed and force, is something different; for the first time in his life, Henry feels afraid of death. Unable to share his fears with his waspish, disapproving sisters, Henry turns instead to Mrs Allen Thompson, a recently widowed school teacher, so beginning a friendship which gradually, stumblingly, pulls them in a direction neither has been prepared for.
|Publication date:||12th April 2007|
|Publisher:||Portobello Books Ltd an imprint of Granta Books|
REINA JAMES lost two grandparents to the 1918 Spanish flu. This is her first novel.More About Reina James