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Home Fires

(2013)
A novel by

 

"Her writing is both delicate and direct."
Elizabeth Jane Howard


Max Weston, twenty-one and a newly commissioned lance corporal, leaves home for his first posting in central Africa. Fiercely patriotic and completely at home in the army, he is eager to make a difference. He never comes back. His parents Caroline and Andrew are devastated by the death of their only child. The overwhelming love Caroline has always felt for her son is now matched by the intensity of her loss, and as she is borne away on a private ocean of grief the moorings of their marriage begin to come loose. The silence is broken by the arrival of Andrew's mother, Elsa, who at the age of ninety-eight can no longer look after herself. Caroline has never felt good enough for this elegant, cuttingly courteous lady and has lived for years in fear of putting a foot wrong. Now, suddenly, Caroline has the upper hand. As Elsa lies, marooned and disorientated, in the spare room, the past unspools in her mind, throwing up fragments of her anxious childhood in 1920s Richmond - under the shadow of her father, a soldier who came back from the Great War a different man. A stunning, delicate portrait of a family bookended by war, Home Fires explores the legacy of loss, the strictures of class and the long road to redemption.

 
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Hardback Editions

January 2014 : UK Hardback
Title: Home Fires
Author(s): Elizabeth Day
ISBN: 1-4448-1803-1 / 978-1-4448-1803-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Charnwood
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Paperback Editions

March 2014 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Home Fires
Author(s): Elizabeth Day
ISBN: 1-4088-4355-2 / 978-1-4088-4355-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

November 2013 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: Home Fires: A Novel
Author(s): Elizabeth Day
ISBN: 1-60819-959-2 / 978-1-60819-959-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

March 2013 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Home Fires
Author(s): Elizabeth Day
ISBN: 1-4088-2867-7 / 978-1-4088-2867-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Audio Editions

December 2013 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: Home Fires
Author(s): Elizabeth Day
Publisher: Audible Studios for Bloomsbury
Availability: Amazon   

December 2013 : UK Audio edition
thumbTitle: Home Fires
Author(s): Elizabeth Day
Publisher: Audible Studios for Bloomsbury
Availability: Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

July 2017 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Home Fires
Author(s): Elizabeth Day
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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November 2013 : Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Home Fires: A Novel
Author(s): Elizabeth Day
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Availability: Amazon CA   

March 2013 : UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Home Fires
Author(s): Elizabeth Day
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Availability: Amazon UK   


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