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We Must Be Brave

Spanning the sweep of the twentieth 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.

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 …

Praise for We Must Be Brave
‘This is storytelling at its best’—Sarah Winman

‘It broke my heart and glued it together again. Just perfect’—Jill Mansell

‘A story both epic and intimate, so tenderly written it moved me to tears’—Elizabeth Day

‘Such confident storytelling and perfect attention to detail is really rare’—Esther Walker

We Must Be Brave by Frances Liardet
9780008280154 (paperback)
29 January 2019

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