Home Fires

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A&C Black, 2013 - Great Britain - 249 pages
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Max Weston, twenty-one and a newly commissioned lance corporal, leaves home for his first posting in central Africa. Fiercely patriotic and completely at home in the army, he is eager to make a difference. He never comes back.His parents Caroline and Andrew are devastated by the death of their only child. The overwhelming love Caroline has always felt for her son is now matched by the intensity of her loss, and as she is borne away on a private ocean of grief the moorings of their marriage begin to come loose.The silence is broken by the arrival of Andrew's mother, Elsa, who at the age of ninety-eight can no longer look after herself. Caroline has never felt good enough for this elegant, cuttingly courteous lady and has lived for years in fear of putting a foot wrong. Now, suddenly, Caroline has the upper hand.As Elsa lies, marooned and disorientated, in the spare room, the past unspools in her mind, throwing up fragments of her anxious childhood in 1920s Richmond - under the shadow of her father, a soldier who came back from the Great War a different man.A stunning, delicate portrait of a family bookended by war, Home Fires explores the legacy of loss, the strictures of class and the long road to redemption.
 

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User Review  - camharlow - LibraryThing

‘Home fires’ is a novel that gives a sensitive account of a mixture of emotions and feeling: the sorrow of war, feelings of inadequacy and not living up to expectations, consequences of ageing and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Beamis12 - LibraryThing

Judith is a young girl when her father returns from the war, a man much changed, prone to fits of anger and despair. A father Judith no longer knows and a father of whom she is scared. We again meet ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
5
Section 2
14
Section 3
27
Section 4
37
Section 5
81
Section 6
96
Section 7
100
Section 8
118
Section 10
150
Section 11
168
Section 12
184
Section 13
200
Section 14
225
Section 15
238
Section 16
246
Section 17
249

Section 9
137

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About the author (2013)

Elizabeth Day is the author of Scissors, Paper, Stone. She is an award-winning journalist who has worked for the Evening Standard, the Sunday Telegraph and the Mail on Sunday, and who is now a feature writer for the Observer. She grew up in Northern Ireland, and currently lives in Putney, London, with her husband.@elizabdaywww.elizabethdayonline.co.uk

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