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4.0 out of 5 stars
The Long Shadow, 6 Mar 2014
I read this book as background to a research project on a particular woman who worked in the VAD in Salonika in 1916-18. I found the descriptions of life at the hospital to be vivid and convincing: they certainly increased my understanding of what it was like to be there, and my admiration for the volunteers. At the same time I enjoyed the novel in its own right, more than I expected, because I am not usually a reader of the historical genre. It works on different levels – as both a poignant romance, and as an analysis of what it is like to be born into two cultures and be pulled alternately in each direction whilst feeling one is not fully a part of either one.