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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Oakhill Publishing Limited; Unabridged edition (12 May 2010)
  • ISBN-10: 184648877X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846488771
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

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Sadie Jones is a novelist and screenwriter who was born and brought up in London. Her first novel, The Outcast ('Riveting', Lionel Shriver; 'Devastatingly good', Daily Mail) was the winner of the Costa First Novel Award. It was also shortlisted for the Orange Prize and was a Richard and Judy Summer Reads Number One bestseller.
Her second novel, Small Wars, ('Outstanding', The Times; 'One of the best books about the English at war ever', Joel Morris), was longlisted for the Orange Prize.
Her third, published in 2010, was The Uninvited Guests. (" once a shimmering comedy of manners and disturbing commentary on class... a brilliant novel." Ann Patchett, author of State of Wonder. 'Delightful, eerie novel ... puts one in mind of Hilary Mantel's Beyond Black ...' The Daily Telegraph.)
Her most recent is Fallout, which will be published in May 2014. Sadie is married to the architect, Tim Boyd, and they live in West London with their two children.

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"Jones is fabulous at this, offering titbits of danger and discord while keeping a cool, matter of fact tone for the big horrors... This is, at heart, a moving love story" (Sunday Times)

"Jones's first novel, The Outcast, winner if the Costa First Novel Award, was a very hard act to follow. Her second, however, is even better... Jones's research is impeccable, and her emotional intelligence outstanding" (Kate Saunders The Times)

"In this exciting novel that resonates with contemporary parallels, Jones is unusual among women writers in focusing as much on the thrills and terrors of frontline action as its psychological fall's a movie waiting to happen" (Emma Hagestadt Independent)

"Ambitious...uncannily good at the evocation of charged moments" (Guardian)

"Here Jones's talent really shows... In an excellent encounter with a military psychiatrist, the dialogue breaks like dry twigs" (Stephanie Cross Times Literary Supplement)

"Heavy with menace and a dark streak of violence, it's as unforgiving as it is gripping" (Metro)

"An absorbing story about emotional constraint and its dangers" (Daily Telegraph)

"Poignant and compelling, Sadie Jones's latest novel captures the claustrophobia of a passionate marriage that is overwhelmed by circumstance" (Eithne Farry Marie Claire)

"Small Wars is a gripping account of emotional disintegration against a backdrop of emotional repression... A well-paced novel possessing both literary and moral integrity" (Sunday Telegraph)

"Elegant, powerful with a huge emotional punch" (Woman and Home)

"This is an unforgiving, far from comfortable read, but a very compelling one" (Tina Jackson Metro)

"Meticulously researched and emotionally powerful, this is a second novel to be proud of." (Emma Lee Potter Express)

"Her prose is direct, undecorated, irresistibly dynamic and immensely powerful... Small Wars is at least as good as The Outcast. In fact, it is probably better, and praise doesn't come much higher" (Sue Gaisford Independent on Sunday)

"Jones writes brilliantly; you quickly inhabit Hal and Clara's world; from the dank, metallic smell of the interrogation room to the taste of White Ladies at the Limassol Club that linger long after you've reached the end" (Claire Longrigg Psychologies)

"Sadie Jones pulls no punches in her description of the savagely unsophisticated island war. An exceptional book that shudders with the weight of human responsibility" (Kerry Fowler Good Housekeeping)

"With her second novel, Sadie Jones...confirms her brilliance" (Books Quarterly)

"A timely read for the end of 2009" (Katherine Whitbourn Daily Mail)

"A novel that resonates with contemporary parallels" (Emma Hagestadt Independent)

"Sadie Jones again pulls no punches in this strong story." (Sally Cousins Sunday Telegraph)

"Intelligent and moving novel" (Woman and Home)

"This impassioned tale is a gripping read" (James Smart The Guardian)

"Jones is fabulous...offering titbits of danger and discord, yet keeping a cool matter-of-fact tone for the big horrors" (Sunday Times)

"Her second novel is a must-read; a devastating, brilliant account of what happens when everything a man believes in...begins to crumble" (Cath Kidson Magazine)

"Full of danger and discord" (Sunday Times Summer Reading) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The devastating follow-up to the massive bestseller The Outcast. What happens when everything a man believes in - the army, his country, his marriage - begins to crumble... --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By CA Meredith on 5 Jun 2010
Format: Paperback
In opting to address the Cyprus Problem and some of the events that led up to the Nicosia shootings from this perspective, the author has made a brave and refreshing choice. Deeply insightful into the experiences, bonding rituals and personal isolation of service families stationed abroad, ths book goes straight to the core with its honesty. Introducing Hal, the career soldier and the conscript Davis, the author peels away the sharply contrasting outer layers of these two apparently very different men, to reveal the same inner struggle between duty, (whether self imposed, or imposed by others) and the desire to operate free will. Their contrasting personal reflections on boyhood games and the quiet of university life are equally heart-tugging as each soldier struggles to remember who he really is. Clara, bringing her baby daughters to a hostile world not of her own choosing, with her efforts to make the best of things and not compain, is highly evocotive of the lot of the service wife. The end of the book is a work of art. Appearing to meander toward its close it suddenly builds to a final climax which ought to jerk the reader back to the edge of their seat. This story is so well written and so readable that only when you have finished reading will you fully realise how good this book is.
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76 of 81 people found the following review helpful By L. H. Healy TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 Aug 2009
Format: Hardcover
I eagerly anticipated reading the second novel from Sadie Jones as I absolutely loved 'The Outcast' last year.'Small Wars' is a moving, emotional read, set mainly in Cyprus during the 1950s. The main character, Hal Treherne, is seemingly an army man for life, following in his father's and grandfather's footsteps, and after a posting in Germany, he moves to Cyprus with his wife Clara, and his young twin daughters, and after a temporary home, they move to live with the other families on the base. There is a real sense of the heat and stifling atmosphere of the island evoked in the novel, and the pressures and demands of all aspects of army life are starkly portrayed. The events on Cyprus that Hal bears witness to, as the British attempt to defend this colony, have a devastating effect on him and his marriage.

This novel tells of a man and a family terribly damaged by the conflicting demands of duty and love, following orders and knowing the difference between right and wrong, and how this can become blurred. It portrays a man's internal agonies in the face of serving his country alongside those around him, however they might behave, and at facing up to his own doubts and weaknesses. Additionally we experience the struggle that Hal has to verbalise or express in any way the life-changing feelings he experiences. The events in Cyprus prove to be a test of the strength of love between Hal and Clara, and test their marriage to the limits. I found this a moving and intelligent read, with situations at times having parallels with the modern day.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Walter Hypes on 7 Mar 2010
Format: Hardcover
An exceptional writer whose prior novel The Outcast established her talent for compelling characterization, Sadie Jones presents a unique love story against the British colony in Cyprus in the 1950's. Major Hal Traherne is stationed for a month with his Clara wife Clara and their two daughters Meg and Lottie in Limassol, where the army has rented them a house. Amid the sounds of motorbikes and Cypriot voices, the banging shutters of other houses, Hal and Clara find themselves immersed in a war of intelligence and a war of subterfuge and of rumor. Three years of conflict so far has seen restaurant bombings and soldiers' vehicles ambushed on remote roads, along with street fights, graffiti ads and countless arrests. Certainly a fledgling desire for Cypriot independence has hardened into a terrorist campaign where the British Government is backed into a corner.

Hal, a man from a staunchly military family, is full of idealistic zeal through trying to change the Cypriots hearts and minds. The idea is for protection as well as rule and Hal is here to root out terrorism and to protect the population from it. While Clara attends to the girls, together with Adile, a Turkish Cypriot, Hal, acting on orders from his superior, Colonel Burroughs, goes away for a stint of "proper fighting." His task is to root out the terrorist Loulla Kollias, a member of the EOKA organization with the mission culminating in a raid on his farmhouse. Left alone at home Clara tries to accept the reality of their situation. The house is empty and there's evil around her, hiding itself. She didn't want Hal to think that she wasn't coping. She befriends Mark and Deirdre Innes, and later, Captain Davis who experiences a shared, unspoken sympathy for Clara that is mysterious and comforting.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T. E. H on 24 Mar 2010
Format: Paperback
I enjoyed this novel, not as much as her first (The Outcast), but it was still very interesting as I knew nothing about the Cyprus conflict in the 1950s. This book was again about lack of communication in a relationship. The British stiff upper lip attitude seems something the author needs to write about! The title Small Wars described the actual fighting and the differences in a marriage. I felt she'd researched the subject very well and it's one should be written about. Draws parallels with our current situation in Afghanistan; proves that we haven't learnt much from history. She describes the fighting well eg flushing out of Pappas. I felt the main character (Hal Treherne) very well described, his wife Clara less so. Also not sure about the ending, didn't seem to ring true. Will certainly read her next novel, would be interesting to see if and how she writes about a different era.
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