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Night Shall Overtake Us [Paperback]

Kate Saunders
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Book Description

3 Mar 1994
In Edwardian England a vow of friendship is a thing of innocence. Even when tested by the passionate militancy of the suffragette movement or the rigorous demands of the Season, the bonds between Rory, Eleanor, Jenny and Francesca hold fast. But nothing can withstand the onslaught of World War I.


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  • Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd; New edition edition (3 Mar 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099162016
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099162018
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 11.4 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,235,596 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kate Saunders is an English author, actress and journalist. She has worked for newspapers and magazines in the UK, including The Sunday Times, Sunday Express, Daily Telegraph, She and Cosmopolitan.
She has also been a regular contributor to radio and television, with appearances on the Radio 4 programmes Woman's Hour, Start the Week and Kaleidoscope.[4] She was, with Sandi Toksvig, a guest on the first episode of the long-running news quiz programme Have I Got News for You
Saunders has also written multiple books for children and for adults.

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"If it is possible to imagine Jeffrey Archer and Jilly Cooper pooling their talents, Night Shall Overtake Us is exactly the sort of book they would produce" (Sunday Telegraph)

"Sex, suspense and rip-roaring romance" (The Times)

"Saunders writes with real pathos... a rattling good yarn" (Sunday Times)

"A rich, rollicking novel you don't put down easily" (Independent on Sunday)

"Saunders joins the blockbuster hall of fame with this big splach of a romantic novel" (Daily Mail) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Kate Saunders' bestselling book, reissued with a stunning new jacket --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is such a great lose-yourself book 1 Sep 2000
Format:Paperback
I read this book in three days because I just had to know what happened to Rory, Francesca etc. There are loads of fantastic characters that draw you into their world and the endless twists, triumphs and tradgedies that they experience make you truly emotionally involved with them. The only warning I have about this wonderful novel is that it stays with you for a long time after you've read it, leaving you in a tragically- romantic daze. This can make ordinary life seem very dull! But if you get too bored and start to hanker after beautiful dresses, noble causes and waiting for your brave wartime beau, well.....you could always read it again. Which is what I'm going to do now!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Rattling Good Yarn 19 Aug 2012
By Kate Hopkins TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I wasn't entirely sure what genre this novel was meant to be in: serious historical fiction (as the excellent period detail, the literary references including the splendid Pope quote that forms the title and the seriousness of some of the World War I scenes would imply), romance (as most of the four heroines' relationships would imply) or (as some of the sex scenes implied) romance with a soft-porn edge. Whatever it is, it was certainly a good read in many ways. 'Night shall Overtake Us' is the story of four girls who meet at boarding school in the early years of the 20th century, and form a vow of eternal friendship. After school, their lives go in very different directions. Red-haired Irish Rory, who has grown up fostered by a noble Irish family after the death of her mother, reared with three 'foster brothers' moves to London, becomes a leading figure in women's suffrage, and also a bright star in London's Bohemia, after her artist foster brother Tertius and his brother Fingal, the partner of a gallery owner specializing in modern art, introduce her to this world. She also begins an affair with a working class socialist, to the fury of her oldest fosterbrother Lucius (always called, annoyingly, Muttonhead), who has loved her from childhood, as indeed has Tertius. Jenny, the most sensible and academic of the four friends, and the poorest, goes to work as a governess, but soon sees the possibility for a change in her fortunes when she captivates a wealthy laird, Alistair. But can she make her liking for him turn to love? Eleanor, the plainest and most intense of the friends, falls for Wicked Lord Laurence (Lorenzo) Hastings, despite his warnings that he will never make her happy; an accident means that she decides to devote her whole life to this masochistic passion. Read more ›
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An obsessive read 15 Sep 2000
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Format:Paperback
My first Kate Saunders novel, picked up by chance, and not put down until finished. I lived with these characters and shared their every breath and every joy, disappointment, love and anguish. The book is so beautifully written that it will sweep you up in the emotion of the story and gently place you back into your normal life at the end, leaving you missing the characters terribly. This will remain a firm favourite, and one to read over and over again.
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I have read this book over 8 times and it still has the power to make me laugh, cry and catch my breath. The characters touch your heart and the story is one of courage, fear and discovery. I have never read a book which has touched me so deeply. An exciting, uplifting, tearjerking novel which has me hooked every time I read it. Wonderful.
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