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. As always, we have 50 copies up for grabs and an opportunity 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. If you receive a copy through the book club giveaway (now closed) then you'll need to leave your questions and feedback for Janet on the thread (coming soon!) in the book club forum.
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