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Everyone Brave Is Forgiven Audiobook

Everyone Brave Is Forgiven

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Audible Editor Reviews

"A cracker." (Stylist, 10 Exciting Books in 2016)
"His best book to date." (Esquire, 10 best novels of 2016)

Publisher's Summary

The breathtaking new novel from the multiaward-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.

In a powerful combination of both humour and heartbreak, this dazzling novel weaves little-known history and a perfect love story through the vast sweep of the Second World War - daring us to understand that against the great theatre of world events, it is the intimate losses, the small battles, the daily human triumphs that change us most.

©2016 Chris Cleave (P)2016 Hodder & Stoughton

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    Fiona O'Connell 31/12/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "One of the best!"

    A wonderful story very well written. Both humorous and heartbreaking with outstanding narration by Luke Thompson.

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    Bisccuits2 31/07/2016
    Bisccuits2 31/07/2016 Member Since 2015

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    "Really enjoyed it"

    A good story with the right narrator. I enjoyed and am to read the book now. Got lots of knitting done.

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    Christopher 17/07/2016
    Christopher 17/07/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful word craftsmanship!"

    Superbly built characters. Clean, precision prose a skilful immersion of the fourth protagonist into war torn London. Best since The Dressmaker.
    Thank you and congratulations Chris

    Chris Richards
    Canberra, Australia





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    frlhughes 09/07/2016
    frlhughes 09/07/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Wonderful story, brilliantly read"

    A rich and thought provoking story and the narration was truly outstanding. I highly recommend.

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    Jane 28/05/2016
    Jane 28/05/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "A story of great beauty"

    I couldn't stop listening...beautifully narrated .. I thought that the story brought a great depth of the human condition from a time where society had no words of a deep experience and left so much between the lines...the war changed so many.. as a post war ex-Londoner I found the story moving

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    10/06/16
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    "An astonishing blend of laughter and pain."

    This book took me completely by surprise. I listened to the first few chapters several times and It still made me laugh out loud with delight.
    As the war progresses and the confidence and certainty of the main characters begins to disintegrate, the brilliant colours of the opening chapters darken and fade. The humour, which is always present, becomes bleaker and sharper.
    I love the fact that Tom's jar of Blackberry jam takes on the significance of preserving colour and ultimately, redemption.
    The narration was extraordinary. It was hard to believe there was only one narrator, so skilfully did Luke Thompson inhabit the different characters.
    I cannot recommend this audible book enough.

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  • Mr Gavin Gillam
    31/05/17
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    "An 'every day persons' view of the war"

    This was an enjoyable read. Makes you consider how people's every day lives were affected in war time. How people were swept along with things beyond their control.

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  • Sam Hall
    South Wales
    9/05/17
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    "Wonderfully sad and yet uplifting story"

    Very, very much enjoyed this book. Beautifully crafted and expertly narrated. A truly fabulous find.

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  • Amanda
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    "A different view of the second world war"

    This book looks at the second world war from a different perspective, that of a teacher whose school consists of children that could not be evacuated. It touches on racism in the 1940s, attitudes to disability and the class structure , love and the effect that war has on those who have to fight it. It also points out that not every village wanted evacuee children and shows how they might have been treated, a topic not often brought to light. Easy to listen to but also thought provoking

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  • Sam
    31/01/17
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    "a love story despite everything"

    I went for this book hoping someone had finally written a book with a balance between a love story and a war story. That hasn't happened. This is a love story set with the back ground of world war 2 but no battle actually takes place (in terms of the characters locations).

    However having said all that, this is a fantastic book which brilliantly captures four people, breaks them beyond measure and then provides a realistic but hopeful ending. Its very good just not a war story. I suppose the point of the book is that heroes weren't all in some field on France. They were everywhere, mostly, in this case, being bombed to despair in London and this book brilliantly captures that struggle.

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  • T. D. Larden
    30/01/17
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    "Superb narration.... a superb listen"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this... the narrator is superb really bringing to life the main characters who all have superbly witty lines.

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  • Mrs Ann P Couldrick
    13/01/17
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    "A beautiful story"

    So accurate about the time in which this novel is set, all already familiar to me, so moving, full of fascinating three dimensional characters.
    Every book by Chris Cleave has been so worthwhile reading.

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  • David
    22/12/16
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    "I had just finished Nocturnal Animals when I moved onto this one"

    I fell in love with this book almost instantly. It is a wonderful book full of love. I can not recommend it enough. I think after Nocturnal Animals it was just what I needed to clear away the spite and nastiness of that.
    A great book touching on the damage of war and the little told story of ethnic minorities in war time London.

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  • J
    18/12/16
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    "very nice story beautifully read"

    a little bit long and at first I was impatient for it to get going but I enjoyed the story and was pleased I kept listening

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  • Lyn
    13/12/16
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    "EXCELLENT STORY"

    A personal look through a young women's eyes at her life and loves during WWII.

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