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Blow on a Dead Man's Embers (Paperback)
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Blow on a Dead Man's Embers (Paperback)

Paperback Published: 04/08/2011
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In the aftermath of the Great War, Non Davies wakes one morning to find her husband crouching under the kitchen table in a cold sweat and with fear in his eyes, shouldering an imaginary rifle. During the intense heat of that summer she forces herself to sit and watch him, knowing she has to discover what has changed her Davey so completely. A mysterious letter addressed to Davey gives her the clue she needs and takes her to London in search of an answer. When she returns home Non realizes that the dark secrets of Davey's behaviour are working their way ever closer to the surface - secrets that will shatter the fragile happiness of their community if they ever become known. Blow on a Dead Man's Embers is a wonderful piece of storytelling, rich in atmosphere and full of characters that leap from the page. It is a gripping and moving portrait of a society emerging from the shadow of war, and of Non Davies, an unforgettable woman out of kilter with her time

Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781847675316

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I thoroughly enjoyed Mari Strachan’s first novel, The Earth Hums in B Flat, set in rural Wales in the 1950s with its unforgettable 12 and a bit narrator, Gwenni. Blow on a Dead Man’s Embers is set in an earlier era,... More

14th May 2012
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I had difficulty getting past the first few chapters due to the annoying repetition of 'Non': the use of personal pronouns would have helped here. However, on my third attempt I settled into reading the... More

21st October 2011
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“Beautifully written”

Blow on a Dead Man's Embers deals with the effects war has not just on the soldier but on his wife and family as they try and return to normal after his return home. This is not an totally comfortable read by any... More

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