"She forgot her father, her brother, the war; she felt pressed out of herself, released."
Another unusual historical romance that draws you in from the get go and reveals all in reverse chronological order so as to continually surprise. This intriguing tale was well received upon publication in 2006 with, as its cover suggests, shortlisting in both the Man Booker and Orange prizes.
A tale of the ravages of war, love and secrets that is to be devoured and enjoyed. I know I finished it rather quickly and would not want to ruin it for any prospective reader.Now that I've read it, I'd be particularly keen to see and compare it with the BBC adaptation. Waters beautifully delivers a tale which illustrates that love is love; just as keen felt and pained, regardless of the gender of its subjects.
There were certain passages that reduced me to a wreck, mostly about Viv's issues, but discover for yourself.