The Warm Hands of Ghosts (Hardback)
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The Warm Hands of Ghosts (Hardback)

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Hardback 400 Pages
Published: 07/03/2024
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Truly haunting and deeply moving, this blazing historical fantasy from the author of The Bear and the Nightingale mines the horrors of the First World War to generate a story of ghostly soldiers and a potion that can engender oblivion.

World War One, and as shells fall in Flanders, a Canadian nurse searches for her brother believed dead in the trenches despite eerie signs that suggest otherwise in this gripping and powerful historical novel from the bestselling author of The Bear and the Nightingale.

January 1918. Laura Iven has been discharged from her duties as a nurse and sent back to Halifax, Canada, leaving behind a brother still fighting in the trenches of the First World War.

Now home, she receives word of Freddie's death in action along with his uniform -but something doesn't quite make sense. Determined to find out more, Laura returns to Belgium as a volunteer at a private hospital. Soon after arriving, she hears whispers about ghosts moving among those still living and a strange inn-keeper whose wine gives soldiers the gift of oblivion. Could this have happened to Freddie - but if so, where is he?

November 1917. Freddie Iven awakens after an explosion to find himself trapped under an overturned pillbox with an enemy soldier, a German, each of them badly wounded. Against all odds, the two men form a bond and succeed in clawing their way out.

But once in No Man's Land, where can either of them turn where they won't be shot as enemy soldiers or deserters? As the killing continues, they meet a man - a fiddler - who seems to have the power to make the hellscape that surrounds them disappear. But at what price?

A novel of breath-taking scope and drama, of compulsive readability, of stunning historical research lightly worn, and of brilliantly drawn characters who will make you laugh and break your heart in a single line, The Warm Hands of Ghosts is a book that will speak to readers directly about the trauma of war and the power of those involved to love, endure and transcend it.

Publisher: Cornerstone
ISBN: 9781529920031
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 629 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 36 mm

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“A hypnotic fever-dream. Utter perfection!”

‘The Warm Hands of Ghosts’ is a hypnotic fever-dream of despair, desperation, madness and love. It’s a heart-wrenching novel about the desperate lure of escape in the midst of the trauma of war. Unnerving, desperate,... More

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“Absolutely captivating, heartbreaking and deeply moving”

I already loved Katherine Arden's Winternight Trilogy so I was sure that this would be equally amazing. Her ability to craft such beautiful, well-researched historical fantasy shines through with The Warm Hands... More

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“Special and surprising”

Well what a start to a New Year of reading! I heard great things about this one from the publicist who sent me a proof copy of In Memoriam this time last year, so had a bit of a feeling about it. Within the first few... More

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