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The Moon Field by Judith Allnatt

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A lovely story, beautifully told and very sad for this is World War I and the tale of a boy, George Farrell, who loved above his station. The descriptions of the war and battlefields in France are vivid and horrific. George is every inch a romantic hero returning home much changed both physically and mentally. Although perhaps a little predictable one does feel deep sympathy for him throughout his dreadful ordeals. A well-written, very good mature read.

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The Moon Field by Judith Allnatt

A poignant story of love and redemption, The Moon Field explores the loss of innocence through a war that destroys everything except the bonds of human hearts. No man's land is a place in the heart: pitted, cratered and empty as the moon...Hidden in a soldier's tin box are a painting, a pocket watch, and a dance card - keepsakes of three lives. It is 1914. George Farrell cycles through the tranquil Cumberland fells to deliver a letter, unaware that it will change his life. George has fallen for the rich and beautiful daughter at the Manor House, Miss Violet, but when she lets slip the contents of the letter George is heartbroken to find that she is already promised to another man. George escapes his heartbreak by joining the patriotic rush to war, but his past is not so easily avoided. His rite of passage into adulthood leaves him believing that no woman will be able to love the man he has become. A poignant story of love and redemption, The Moon Field explores the loss of innocence in a war that destroys everything except the bonds of the human heart.


'Deeply engaging and unsentimental...really memorable'
CHARLES PALLISER, author of The Quincunx Praise for The Poet's Wife

'Allnatt gives her an affecting, beautifully written afterlife' - THE TIMES

About the Author

Judith Allnatt

Judith Allnatt is an acclaimed short story writer and novelist. Her first novel, A Mile of River, was a BBC Radio 5 Book of the Month and was shortlisted for the Portico Prize for Literature; her second novel, The Poet’s Wife, was shortlisted for the East Midlands Book Award. Her short stories have featured in the Bridport Prize Anthology, the Commonwealth Short Story Awards and on BBC Radio 4. She lives with her family in Northamptonshire.

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30th November 1999


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