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An Act of Peace Paperback – 6 Sep 2006

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; New Ed edition (6 Sept. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752881108
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752881102
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.1 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 664,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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she can spin a good story.... warm in tone and wryly observant. (Kate Saunders THE TIMES)

It's a good read with a convincing plot (Anne Sebba THE JEWISH CHRONICLE)

Ann Widdecombe's impressive novel...... Widdecombe skilfully and often movingly uses the boy's struggle with his own painful history to throw light on the troubled years between 1945 and the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989. (Margaret Walters THE SUNDAY TIMES) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Enthralling post-war sequel to Ann Widdecombe's second novel, AN ACT OF TREACHERY

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After reading An Act of Treachery, I found at Amazon An Act of Peace

I read many books but nothing before by Ann Widdecombe, it really was a

book that I could not put down.

Am looking forward to her other books now.
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An impressive, beautifully written book. With great sensitivity it explores the feelings of an illegitimate boy, born in 1945 of a German General and a young French girl, growing up in post-war Europe in a world full of hatred and bitterness.
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The opening chapters recap some of the last book but seen, this time, through the child’s eyes rather than through his mother’s. That this takes up about a third of the book might seem annoying though, I suppose, it is necessary of this book is to stand alone for someone who hasn’t read the previous book.

There is an odd catholic prayer for the dead’ which occurs every so often but which is, in fact, a response to a versicle and not a prayer in its own right.

There is a wise observation that ‘Time heals’ but it also ‘runs out’.

I never thought of Cecil as a name suitable for both genders.
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I enjoyed reading Act of Treachery but I gave up on this book before the end of the first chapter. I found it a boring re-ash of the Pierre-Klaus' life as a child in a telling rather a showing narrative.
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A must to purchase both 'An Act of Treachery' and 'An Act of Peace' brilliant reads and highly educational on first and second world wars.
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Both An act of Treachery and an Act of Peace are great books ...they tell of the futility of war and promote peace and Ann tries to make people understand that there should be no borders..no religeons.. that everyone should live in a shared peacefull world...They are great reading but with a message..I always liked Ann Widdicombe for some obscure reason...now I know why !
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An excellent follow up to "An act of Treachery".This completes a story of how difficult circumstances during the second world war led to a reconciliation.
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I'm actually still reading this book and am so gripped to find out what the hero ends up with ! Catherine's tale is told by her son now growing in to a man very similar to his father. He himself is intriguing in his manner and the truth he hopes to find.
As an adopted child myself with questions remaining unanswered I can identify easily with his quest for the small and important details that flesh out who he is and how he has become this person based on the foundation of his parents history. Anne Widdicomb is outstanding and at times it's hard to believe she has written such a poignant story with such depth and detail. This is not meant with any disrespect to a person who has an extraordinary life of her own - but i was concerned before reading her novels that they may be a little Barbara Cartland Esque! Having read her first novel that focused on our protagonist's mother I was assured this would be outstanding and I've not been disappointed!
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