We Must Be Brave

HarperCollins UK

A novel about courage and kindness, hardship and friendship – and the astonishing power of love.


‘This is storytelling at its best’ Sarah Winman
‘The perfect book club read’ AJ Pearce
‘Dazzling... fierce, physical and almost inexpressibly tender’ Guardian

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. Five-year-old 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 had dreamed for herself. As the war rages on, love grows where it was least expected, surprising them all. But with the end of the fighting comes the realization that Pamela was never theirs to keep...

For anyone who loved All the Light we Cannot See and The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society, We Must Be Brave is a luminous novel about the ways we can rescue one another, and the many different forms that courage can take.

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About the author

Frances Liardet is a child of the children of the Second World War. She has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia and studied Arabic at Oxford before traveling to Cairo to work as a translator. She currently lives in Somerset, England, with her husband and daughter, and runs a summer writing session called Bootcamp. We Must Be Brave is her second novel.

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Additional Information

Publisher
HarperCollins UK
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Published on
Feb 4, 2019
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Pages
432
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ISBN
9780008280161
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Language
English
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Genres
Family & Relationships / Adoption & Fostering
Fiction / Family Life / Marriage & Divorce
Fiction / General
Fiction / Historical / World War II
Fiction / Small Town & Rural
Fiction / Women
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