- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Quercus (5 Nov. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1849160813
- ISBN-13: 978-1849160810
- Product Dimensions: 15.1 x 2.5 x 23.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,357,960 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Armistice Paperback – 5 Nov 2009
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'Like War Horse, this is the story of a heroic quest, a painstaking sifting through the rubble of war by a heroine back at home unafraid to fight her own battles. Stafford's fans won't be disappointed - and no puppetry is required.' Observer. (Observer)
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11am, 11th November 1918. The Armistice begins and 2nd Lieutenant Daniel Case, Philomena Bligh's fiancé, is killed on the battlefields of France.
Months later, Philomena ventures to London to meet the men who were with Dan when he died. His best friend Jonathan Priest, tells her that he believes Dan was murdered. But he has no proof, and the accused comes from a powerful Establishment family whose lawyers have threatened him with ruin should he ever repeat his story.
Jonathan has returned to work as a barrister, but has increasingly found himself unable to cope with the miscarriages of justice he believes he allowed to take place. Philomena's shock and outrage send her on an investigation that will take her down the elegant avenues and seedy alleys of the capital, from cafés where single women eat alone to nightclubs where everyone looks for escape beyond conventions and the law.
Fearing she will betray him, Jonathan joins Philomena but soon finds himself becoming inexorably drawn to her, until he's forced to tell her his own part in Dan's death...
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Nick Stafford raises some interesting questions about class, equality and justice which are still relevant today. On the battlefield men would fraternise with other soldiers from all walks of life and put differences in social status aside. Once war was over it must have been really difficult for everybody to go back to their normal roles, and this is something that is illustrated really well in Armistice. It also made me muse over the impact that status and power has on the justice system.
The ending was pleasantly unexpected and I felt, pitched just right. I enjoyed this and would recommend it to historical fiction fans as well as those who don't enjoy the genre.
The book follows the lives of Philomena, Jonathan and Anthony who are entangled in a web of suspicion and fear as an allegation of murder threatens to ruin and socially ostracise all parties involved.
Throughout the book, the author cleverly links emotions, expressions and thought processes into the story which have arisen due to the impact of the First World War. This book subtlety emphasises the changes that the First World War has made on people's lives, where many people are searching for a new identity and place within a radically altered society.
This book is emotive, poignant and reflective due to the elements of sacrifice made by both the men of the trenches and their women waiting for them back home. Whilst men faced the brutality of the muddy battlefields, women lived through a torturous period, waiting for that dreadful telegram.
This is a very good read which contains an interesting plot involving murder and the attempt to obtain justice. However, it also serves as an essential reminder that sacrifice was made by all members of this wartime society in varying degrees.
Story follows the lives of four characters, Philomena, Dan, Jonathon and Anthony briefly through the war and then through the web that unfolds following Dan's untimely death or maybe even murder.
The book tells of emotions, thoughts and feelings very cleverly as Dan's fiancee tries to discover the truth behind his death. A good read with a clever plot involving the murder of a soldier, his friends and fiancee and their attempt at gaining some kind of truth and justice.
An insight into a soldiers life before and after the war and the sacrifices they and their families made so that we could be free.
I was engrossed by the story. I felt it was a very well written debut novel based on an unusual premise in my opinion. I found the characters engaging and I detested the villain of the piece with avengeance. My only criticism is that I felt the ending was a little rushed.
Well worth a read and if Mr Stafford writes anymore books then I'll be making a point of reading them.
This is quite an unusual sort of read. It's very much related to the war, but is set totally in peacetime. I liked the way the story unfolded, and the reader found out what had happened to Dan, and read along as Philomena contacts Jonathan, the man who was with Dan when he died, and finds out exactly what happened.
I read the book really quickly, and I think it is the sort of book that pulls you along with the intrigue in the story. My one reservation would be that I don't think many women would have behaved as Philomena did in 1918, but perhaps some did - who knows?
A very good read, and an excellent choice for a November themed read.
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