Small Wars (Hardback)
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Small Wars (Hardback)

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Hardback Published: 27/08/2009
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Hal Treherne is a young and dedicated soldier on the brink of a brilliant career. Impatient to see action, his other deep commitment is to Clara, his beautiful 'red, white and blue girl', who sustains him as he rises through the ranks. When Hal is transferred to the Mediterranean, Clara, now his wife, and their baby daughters join him. But Cyprus is no 'sunshine posting', and the island is in the heat of the Emergency: the British are defending the colony against Cypriots - schoolboys and armed guerrillas alike - battling for enosis, union with Greece. The skirmishes are far from glorious and operations often rough and bloody. Still, in serving his country and leading his men, Hal has a taste of triumph. Clara shares his sense of duty. She must settle down, make no fuss, smile. But action changes Hal, and Clara becomes fearful - of the lethal tit-for-tat beyond the army base, and her increasingly distant husband. The atrocities Hal is drawn into take him further from Clara; a betrayal that is only part of the shocking personal crisis to come. The prizewinning and bestselling author of "The Outcast" returns with an emotionally powerful portrait of a marriage in extremis and a world-view in question. Sadie Jones has produced a passionate, gut-wrenching and brilliantly researched depiction of a 'small war' with devastating consequences; and in doing so, raises important questions that resonate profoundly today.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780701184551

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“Excellent book”

Loved outcast so thought I would give this book a try.
Hooked very early on.

A good yet emotional read.

Paperback edition
1st January 2013
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The blurb on the back of the book tells me that I should really enjoy this novel, the setting, the story and the author, but I felt really let down by it.

The sense of place, the heat and the conflict within Cyprus... More

Hardback edition
9th May 2010
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“Small Wars”

This is a wonderful second novel from the author of 'The Outcast', which is one of my favourite books. Set mainly in Cyprus in the 1950s, the story follows army man Hal Treherne and his young family as he is... More

Hardback edition
19th August 2009
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