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‘Wake’ by Anna Hope


‘Wake’ is Anna Hope’s debut novel and it was published by Doubleday on 16th January 2014.  I was very kindly sent a proof copy to review by Alison Barrow at Transworld.

This story is set in November 1920 and it takes place over five days.  The body of an unknown soldier begins his journey home from France to be greeted by mourners at the Cenotaph.  In the meantime three women are each overcoming the aftermath of the war in their own way.  They all have a story to tell.  These women are strangers to each other, they’ve never met but in one way or the other they are connected.

Hettie dances for a living at the Hammersmith Palais earning sixpence a waltz.  Evelyn comes from a rich family but chooses to work in the Pensions Office.  Ada is a housewife who hasn’t got over the death of her son and keeps catches glimpses of him in the street.  As each woman struggles to move on with their lives, a shocking wartime mystery begins to unravel.

I knew from the very first page that I was going to enjoy ‘Wake’.  I found myself wanting to savour every single minute of this wonderful novel and ended up taking my time to read it.  Beautifully written, Anna Hope has done a very good job of portraying what life must have been like in those days and just how horrific the war was.

This year marks the 100th anniversary since the Great War began and this incredible story is a very fitting tribute.  I think ‘Wake’ would make a very good TV drama.

I hope there will be more books from Anna Hope soon.

I give this book 5 out of 5.


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  1. That reminds me of something on TV called the Night Watch a couple of years ago. It started 10 years post-war, I think it was, then worked backwards. It was very clever and a good drama.


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