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We Must Be Brave

Length: 16 hrs and 9 mins
5 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)
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Summary

A woman; a war; a child that changed everything. 

Spanning the sweep of the 20th century, We Must Be Brave is a luminous and profoundly moving novel about the people we rescue and the ways in which they rescue us back.

She was fast asleep on the back seat of the bus. Curled up, thumb in mouth. Four, maybe five years old.

I turned around. The last few passengers were shuffling away from me down the aisle to the doors. ‘Whose is this child?’ I called.

Nobody looked back.

December, 1940. As German bombs fall on Southampton, the city’s 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 believed she does not want children, but when she takes Pamela into her home the child cracks open the past Ellen thought she had escaped and the future she and her husband, Selwyn, had dreamed for themselves. As the war rages on, love grows where it was least expected, surprising them all. But with the end of the fighting comes the realisation that Pamela was never theirs to keep....

A story of courage and kindness, hardship and friendship, We Must Be Brave explores the fierce love we feel for our children and the astonishing power of that love to endure.

©2019 Frances Liardet (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"This is storytelling at its best. Wise, generous and captivating." (Sarah Winman, author of Tin Man)

"Oh, I loved this book so much! It’s strikingly authentic, beautifully written, and a wonderfully touching depiction of the families people create for themselves when blood relatives let them down. It broke my heart and glued it together again. Just perfect." (Jill Mansell, author of Rumour Has It)

"We Must Be Brave is a wonderful novel. A beautifully written story of love and loss, with thoughtfully crafted characters and so much to think about long after you’ve finished reading it. It is one of those novels you can talk about for hours - the perfect book club read." (AJ Pearce, author of Dear Mrs Bird)

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So enjoyable.

Enjoyed this book. Really couldn’t stop listening. Read by the narrators very well, each person in the book had their own character voice. Would recommend this book especially for those of an older age.

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Amazing book

This was unexpected at the beginning but so beautifully written with characters you desperately wanted to know I actually shed a tear I loved Ellen with whole my heart I must also say the narrative was just amazing beyond good