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Alice in Love and War Paperback – 7 Sep 2009

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Walker (7 Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1406302449
  • ISBN-13: 978-1406302448
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,437,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ann Turnbull has written numerous picture books and stories for children but is best known for her novels, which include House of Ghosts (9781406309638), No Shame, No Fear (9780744590906), which was shortlisted for the Whitbread Children's Book Award as well as the Guardian Fiction Prize, its sequel, Forged in the Fire (9781844289356), and Pigeon Summer (9781844281398), which was shortlisted for the Smarties Book Prize and the WH Smith Mind-Boggling Books Award. Ann lives in Shropshire with her family.

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The title really sums the book up, as the English civil war and love are the two main themes of the story. Alice falls in love with a soldier and is tempted to leave her home and follow the Royalist army, with only the vaguest idea of what such a life will hold for her. She thinks anything will be better than the situation she is in at her uncle's farm, but she isn't prepared for the hardships of the baggage train. The cold, the hunger, the dirt, and above all the danger. But there are compensations, such as the friendships she forms.
It's been a very long wait for this new teen novel from Ann Turnbull, and I've really been looking forward to reading it. It didn't disappoint. It's a satisfying read, with an exciting story line and a real picture of what it must have been like to be caught up in the civil war.
The story probably isn't suitable for pre-teens due to the sexual content (tastefully handled, I hasten to add) but apart from that, anyone who enjoys an accesible historical tale with adventure and love will really enjoy this. It's beautifully written and brilliantly researched with a wealth of historical detail which never intrudes on the story.
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Historical fiction is my favourite genre and I buy and read it on a regular basis. Although this book isn't really aimed at my age group, I really enjoyed it and found it thought provoking and well written. It has a very simple style and quickly draws you into the lives of the characters and the events of The English Civil War. Although aimed at young adults, the author doesn't shy away from the brutality and hardships of war and although it is never graphic, I thought it packed quite a punch, showing the sheer wickedness that these conflicts bring. There is a love story running through it, but it's not the main part of the plot, which was good for me, as I'm not keen on romance in novels. This is a touching tale of friendship and love and I would recommend it to people of all ages.
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I loved this book. It goes deep into war and bloodshed and chaos, but is always rooted in Alice's experiences as a girl and a young woman. Rooted too in the practical realities of a girl's life. If you want to know what home life was like before electricity, this will tell you, or what it was like to be ill before modern medicine. If you want to experience life as a sexually-aware young woman before the days of the Pill - again, this will show you. There are probably more shocks for a modern reader in this steadily written YA novel than in many a more openly 'shocking' novel.
I found each of the two love affairs, with such different men, completely convincing - and yet I was also convinced by the decision of the older woman, Christian, to choose a marriage of convenience. I didn't know a great deal about the Civil War, but 'Alice' brought it to life for me. And the part where Alice takes on another woman's baby is wonderfully written, deeply moving.
Highly recommended.
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This book explores a period of history that hasn't been much written about - but what really interested me was that it took you right into the world of an ordinary inhabitant of that world; Ann Turnbull gives you a real feel of what it would have been like to live there, to be on the edge of great events and affected by them with no power to influence them. This was a very good read.
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