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And Such Great Names as These Paperback – 4 Apr 2007

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  • Paperback: 223 pages
  • Publisher: Matador (4 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905886381
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905886388
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 0.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,599,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Allen Makepeace evokes the time and place so convincingly, without shoving in research detail for the sake of it." Martyn Bedford, author of The Island of Lost Souls (Bloomsbury 2006), and fiction critic for the Literary Review"'... a gift for the language and landscape of the north-east and an ability to bring the period alive ...'Brighton Argus"... steeped in feeling for the period ... packed with incident ... you just lap it up ..."Northern Echo"... an engaging, fast-moving, page-turning style ..."Sussex Express"...you just lap it up ..."St Albans Observer


A military execution in France...a key event in this story of the conflicting demands of duty, loyalty and love. The war, with its horrifying, endless slaughter on the Western Front, is the backdrop. But it is in a north-east seaport where Dolly Weston, her husband reported missing, falls in love with a wounded army officer, who fears that he will shortly have to return to the Front. Did it show in his face? If they ever told him he was unfit for active service, he would dance for joy. Yet he also felt ashamed. To complicate things further, a deserter emerges, a soldier previously decorated for bravery, and unhealed wounds from a bitter past are reopened. And then there is 10 year-old Joshua, captive to the empty jingoism of his schoolteacher's tales of heroes. It is through small town bigotry and prejudice that the motherless Joshua is led into the world of three people whom he comes to admire and love, but who are destined to be driven cruelly apart. "And Such Great Names as These" is a graphic, sharply-etched novel, raw yet still tender - and above all, deeply convincing.

With a skilfully judged plot, characters we identify with and dialogue authentic to the region and period, Allen Makepeace delivers a commanding narrative, both vivid and dramatic.

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