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Great, atmospheric read - thoroughly recommended
on 19 August 2011
The Year After tells the story of Captain Tom Allen coming home from the trenches of the First World War. He is thrown back into the world he left behind, where friends are now scarred and saddened by loss. Events that had simmered and boiled over on the eve of war are once again thrown up, to be finally understood in tragic hindsight. Martin Davies has succeeded in creating an atmosphere of grief and despair, lightly glossed over by determination to uphold traditions of an English country houseparty. I enjoyed the characters that he painted and the details of the world that they lived in. It leaves you with a great deal to contemplate, particularly the idea that the soldiers who died on the battlefield were more revered than the ones that made it home. I would heartily recommend as a great page-turner of a story and as a portrayal of a moment in time when Britain was reverberating from devastating losses and trying to work out a way forward through the grief.