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We Must Be Brave, the second novel by Frances Liardet, is a luminous and profoundly moving novel about the people we rescue and the ways in which they rescue us back. It's our November book club pick and we have 50 copies to give away; 20 paperbacks, 20 Kindle editions and 10 audiobooks, and a chance to ask Frances your questions.
December, 1940. As German bombs fall in Southampton, the cities residents flee to the surrounding villages. In Upton village, amid the chaos, newly-married Ellen Parr finds a girl sleeping, unclaimed at the back of an empty bus. Little Pamela, it seems, is entirely alone.
Ellen has always been sure she never wanted children. But as she takes Pamela into her home, the little girl cracks open the past Ellen thought she has escaped and the future she thought she wanted, for in uncertain times it seems the only certainty is love. But with the end of the fighting, comes the realisation that Pamela was never hers to keep.
We Must Be Brave is an epic and intensely moving novel about the astonishing tenacity of the human heart.
"Dazzling… fierce, physical and almost inexpressibly tender" - Guardian
"It broke my heart and glued it together again. Just perfect" - Jill Mansell
We Must be Brave is published by 4th Estate and is available to buy online and from all good bookshops.
We have 50 copies of We Must Be Brave to give away; 20 paperbacks, 20 Kindle editions and 10 audiobooks. Please mark your preference on the form and note that the font size in the paperback is fairly small, if that's a consideration.
As ever, we ask you only to apply for a copy if you can commit to reading the book and leaving thoughts and questions for Frances within a month of receipt.
Simply fill in the form below for the chance to win a copy of We Must Be Brave.
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