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Hardback 352 Pages / Published: 18/10/2018
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From the bestselling author of The Piano Tuner, comes Daniel Mason's The Winter Soldier, a story of love and medicine through the devastation of the First World War.

Vienna, 1914. Lucius is a twenty-two-year-old medical student when World War One explodes across Europe. Enraptured by romantic tales of battlefield surgery, he enlists, expecting a position at a well-organized field hospital. But when he arrives, at a commandeered church tucked away high in a remote valley of the Carpathian Mountains, he finds a freezing outpost ravaged by typhus. The other doctors have fled, and only a single, mysterious nurse named Sister Margarete remains.

But Lucius has never lifted a surgeon's scalpel. And as the war rages across the winter landscape, he finds himself falling in love with the woman from whom he must learn a brutal, makeshift medicine. Then one day, an unconscious soldier is brought in from the snow, his uniform stuffed with strange drawings. He seems beyond rescue, until Lucius makes a fateful decision that will change the lives of doctor, patient and nurse forever.

From the gilded ballrooms of Imperial Vienna to the frozen forests of the Eastern Front; from hardscrabble operating rooms to battlefields thundering with Cossack cavalry, The Winter Soldier is the story of war and medicine, of family, of finding love in the sweeping tides of history, and, finally, of the mistakes we make, and the precious opportunities to atone.

'Part mystery, part war story, part romance, The Winter Soldier is a dream of a novel' - Anthony Doerr, author of All The Light We Cannot See.

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9780330458320
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 591 g
Dimensions: 241 x 163 x 35 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Utterly convincing and written with a lyricism that belies the horrors it so unflinchingly describes, this is both a moving love story and a profound portrayal of war's physical and psychological effects on survivors * Daily Mail *
Part mystery, part war story, part romance, The Winter Soldier is a dream of a novel - impeccably researched and totally immersive. The unsinkable Margarete is a mesmerizing character, and the book's investigation into the psychiatric toll of war on its combatants could not be more timely. This novel convinces you with every sentence -- Anthony Doerr, author of All the Light We Cannot See
So real, so rich and detailed, that the room in which I was reading vanished. I was transported to a lost world of the past. Suspenseful, thrilling, aching with emotion. Living with Lucius and Margarete, it was First World War as I have never felt it. -- Andrew Sean Greer, author of Less and The Story of a Marriage
I have been a Daniel Mason fan since The Piano Tuner. His abilities as a storyteller and a writer of the most gorgeous prose leave you wanting more. The Winter Soldier is a tour-de-force. I was immersed in the grandeur of Imperial Vienna and the frozen battlefields of the Eastern Front, and in this beautiful tale of love and war, and of our frailty and resilience in the face of both -- Abraham Verghese, author of Cutting for Stone

In The Winter Soldier, Mason achieves a deeply affecting balancing act, drawing us into the crushing agony of war while simultaneously stirring our hearts with an inspired and touching love story.
Despite the horrifying backdrop of war, The Winter Soldier is ultimately a touching, intensely human story of longing and love

-- Georgia Hunter, author of We Were The Lucky Ones
The Winter Soldier held me by the throat from the first lyrical page to the last. A story which manages to be as original as it is timeless, and above all, credible -- Emma Donoghue, bestselling author of Room and The Wonder

A captivating read . . . it's so well researched and meticulously evoked that one can almost smell the chemicals
in the lab and visualise the paintings in Lucius's parents' upmarket home . . . Mason has honed his craft over two previous novels, The Piano Tuner and A Far Country, and The Winter Soldier is beautifully, elegantly written, the prose pitched at a level where it feels rich and lustrous but at the same time transparent and devoid of pomposity. Constantly carrying the reader forward, it's a novel to get lost in.

* Herald *
Daniel Mason is a fine writer . . . In Mason's powerful tale of individuals caught up in world-changing events, Lucius's search for his lost love also becomes a journey towards some kind of redemption * Sunday Times *
A powerful tale of a medical student in the First World War * Sunday Times Culture *

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“A story of war and medicine....”

Some writers are economical with their use of descriptions be able to bring the horrors of their stories to life. Daniel Mason was able to show us the horrors of the First World War from behind the battle fields. We... More

Hardback edition
1 similar book recommended
6th August 2018
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“Stunning Read”

Firstly, thank you to Mantle books for my review copy.
A beautiful cover on the proof copy made me take it home, it is not my usual style of read... but I just kept stroking the book (yes, I do this), I had already... More

Hardback edition
18th July 2018
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“Love and War together”


Daniel Mason presents a truly monumental book about a great love affair amidst the horrors of war. It is set during the period of World War One and along the eastern front in which Austria was fighting Russia.... More

Hardback edition
23rd May 2018
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