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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Virago (6 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844088316
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844088317
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 2.8 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 312,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Teasing out untold stories of the battlefield and of gay history, Toksvig's historical revisionism follows in the footsteps of the likes of Sarah Waters and Pat Barker . . . Toksvig's seemingly effortless ability to entertain shines through (Lucy Scholes Independent)

Toksvig's warm characterisation drives the narrative, especially when set against her droll yet richly details evocation of an unedifying period of modern history . . . It's a novel not just about the Boer War, but about a more subtle war against people who used to think it acceptableto treat women and blacks and gays abysmally. Fighting on both fronts is Toksvig's shining creation, Valentine Grey, a courageous and captivating character just begging for a sequel (Lucy Beresford Sunday Telegraph)

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From one of the nation's best-loved writers and performers comes a wonderful novel about gender, liberty, empire and injustice.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By HAH on 10 Sep 2012
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Sandi has combined her deep love of history and the English language to develop the most wonderful characters in a story that is both heart-breaking and uplifting. Unsurprisingly, she has perfectly captured the resilient female spirit as Valentine journeys to South Africa and into adulthood. Thank you Sandi, as always, a true inspiration!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jonesy on 13 Sep 2012
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I heard about the book on Radio 4 and knew I had to read it. The book is a superb read and gathers pace quite quickly, at some stages I thought the plot was to easy to anticipate but rarely did it work out that way.
The historical aspects are so detailed but merge in with the story so well, you are never bored by masses of irrelevance only put there to prove the author researched the subject.
Sandi does such a good job it is difficult to not complete the book an wonder if it was actually Valentine's hand that had written her autobiography.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Moira Clink on 24 Jan 2013
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My first Sandi Toksvig book and certainly not my last. What a brilliant writer she is! And the bibliography is huge - she has done so much research into the Boer War and society in that era that you really feel transported into that time in history. I love novels that educate at the same time as entertain, and there is just so much to learn in these pages. For both sexes, this is a book I would recommend to any age of reader. Just sorry I bought it on Kindle as now I can't pass it round my whole family!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By meg straiton on 14 Jan 2013
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Couldn't put it down - a fascinating work covering the unheroic aspect of the Boer war and also attitudes to homosexuality at the time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Bowden on 20 Jan 2013
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I love Sandi, she never ceases to entertain. This is well researched and detailed without the detail being boring. It is a light read that has a gentle comedic flow. Highly recommended and diverting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Mary Wunderly on 14 Feb 2013
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I really loved this story. It might seem improbable in parts but it brings to life the times in which it is set and you really begin to understand what it was like in the Boer War.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 10 April 2013
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An interesting read. Really made me think about the lives of women at that time and the horrific attitude towards homosexuality. Sad, shocking and funny in places.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By lynn on 11 Jan 2013
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Easy style and easy to read, good page turner. Sandi really sets the scene and paints a good picture on a period of history that is not always pushed to the fore.
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