The Faithful (Paperback)
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Published: 26/07/2018
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As Britain is pulled towards war, the secrets within two families threaten to tear them apart, in the outstanding novel from Juliet West, The Faithful . . .

July 1935. In the village of Aldwick on the Sussex coast, sixteen-year-old Hazel faces a long, dull summer with just her self-centred mother Francine for company. But then Francine decamps to London with her lover Charles, Oswald Mosley's blackshirts arrive in Aldwick, and Hazel's summer suddenly becomes more interesting. She finds herself befriended by two very different people: Lucia, an upper-class blackshirt, passionate about the cause; and Tom, a young working-class boy, increasingly scornful of Mosley's rhetoric. In the end, though, it is Tom who wins Hazel's heart - and Hazel who breaks his.

Autumn 1936. Now living in London, Hazel has grown up fast over the past year. But an encounter with Tom sends her into freefall. He must never know why she cut off all contact last summer, betraying the promises they’d made. Yet Hazel isn't the only one with secrets. Nor is she the only one with reason to keep the two of them apart . . .

From the beaches of Sussex to the battlefields of civil war Spain, The Faithful is a rich and gripping tale of love, deception and desire.

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781447259121
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 244 g
Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 21 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

A rising literary star - Sunday Times

Vibrant prose and characters . . . So well-drawn, and incredibly topical - Vanessa Lafaye, author of Summertime

A wonderful writer - Jessie Burton, author of The Miniaturist

Made me miss my stop on the tube . . . - Lissa Evans, author of Crooked Heart

My favourite Great War novel . . . Incredible writing - Joanna Cannon, author of The Trouble with Goats and Sheep, on Before the Fall

A vivid, compelling tale of confused loyalties, compromises and consequences - Suzannah Dunn, author of The Sixth Wife and The Confession of Katherine Howard

The Faithful is about many things . . . but mostly it is about love. Juliet West knows how to create an evocative sense of time and place, and then fill it with the most interesting characters, and finally, deliver a story that kept me guessing. I loved it - Claire Fuller, author of Our Endless Numbered Days and Swimming Lessons

A rich, multi-layered story of love, loss and conflict . . . At once heartbreaking and full of hope - Isabel Ashdown, author of Little Sister

A vivid and unforgettable story of love . . . Absorbing, fast-paced, and poignant, the portrait of ordinary people caught up in movements bigger than themselves makes this a must-read for today’s readers - Ann Weisgarber, author of The Personal History of Rachel DuPree and The Promise

A tightly knotted story of love and divided loyalties that is both rich in period detail and told with warmth, wit and passion. Wonderful - Jason Hewitt, author of Devastation Road

A compelling and perceptive story of divided loyalties and the complexities of love, friendship and family - Isabel Costello, author of Paris Mon Amour

Enthralling . . . Tugs the reader close to the inner lives of ordinary people, characters whose decisions and dilemmas, loves and losses remain with you long after reading - Jane Rusbridge, author of Rook and The Devil's Music

A wonderful novel about desire and its consequences, set amongst the sharply divided politics of the 1930s. A page-turner - William Ryan, author of The Constant Soldier

Enthralling . . . Juliet has brought the time and place to life and then peopled it with completely believable characters to play out this wonderful story - Louise Douglas, author of Your Beautiful Lies and The Secret by the Lake

Exquisite . . . The story builds beautifully, the plot naturally quickening in pace to a gripping denouement. I was completely drawn into the novel’s world and engaged by its issues of loyalty and loss. Highly recommended - Martine Bailey, author of An Appetite for Violets and The Penny Heart

A story of love across borders, idealism and integrity . . . and a mini-series in the making - Sunday Independent, Ireland

Fans of well-crafted period fiction will gobble down this second novel from the author of Before The Fall - Metro

Wonderfully evocative - Red Magazine

Juliet West writes incredibly moving and atmospheric war-era novels, full of strong women, secrets, conflict and desire. This, her second, is superb - Saga Magazine

Gripping - My Weekly

Compelling, nuanced … suffused with historical detail. West weaves a subtle mystery, luring us towards truths so skilfully exposed that the effect is truly shocking - Historia magazine

A tale of family secrets against a backdrop of war and extremism - Good Housekeeping

Teen Hazel finds love under the watch of Oswald Mosley’s Blackshirts. A year later, the pair cross paths. Tom must never know why she broke his heart, but it’s not just Hazel holding secrets - S Magazine

In her second stunning novel, West uses her lyrical prose, acute powers of observation and impressive sense of time and place to explore issues that are as relevant now as they were eighty years ago. The Faithful achieves what many authors aspire to . . . an outstanding follow-up to a successful debut - Lancashire Evening Post

An epic story of star-crossed lovers - Sussex Life

Intelligent, wise, and full of passion and courage . . . A superb read - Louise Douglas, author of The Secrets Between Us, on Before the Fall

Evocative and powerful - Good Housekeeping on Before the Fall

As poignant as it is powerful - Alison MacLeod, author of Unexploded, on Before the Fall

A stunning debut -- a breathtaking portrayal of life and love in all its complexity. Heartbreaking - Suzannah Dunn, author of The Confession of Katherine Howard, on Before the Fall

Poignant and arresting - Daily Mail on Before the Fall

A beautiful love story - Woman on Before the Fall

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Emma Smith at Bedford

“A five star read”

I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed ‘The Faithful’, I couldn’t put it down. It’s such a compelling tale, full of twists and deception and at its heart, a love story.

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