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Long Shadow Review, 20 Mar 2006
There are some books which are a 'fair' read, some which are a 'good' read and some which are unputdownable. I class this book in the last category. It really is superbly written with scrupulous attention to historical detail and a story line which covers many years and many lives. It is told through the medium of a diary. A young boy discovers his mother's secret diary, reads it and is enthralled. The book unfolds during the 1st world war in Salonica, Greece. The whole point about the diary medium is that one's attention is held as an ongoing narrative as though one were actually there, and this has been achieved admirably.
The second half of the story concerns the exploits of the son - how he goes out to Greece and eventually uncovers the history behind all that has been revealed before in the 1st section. It is told with superb verve and great descriptive writing and should be a must on the bookshelf of anyone remotely interested in the Greek campaign from the 1st world war on, or, for that matter - for any reader who wants to be absorbed in a great story, told with dignity and great humanity. I thoroughly recommend this book!