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We Must Be Brave

(2019)
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A novel about courage and kindness, hardship and friendship - and the astonishing power of love.


'This is storytelling at its best' Sarah Winman
'The perfect book club read' AJ Pearce
'Dazzling... fierce, physical and almost inexpressibly tender' Guardian

December, 1940. As German bombs fall on Southampton, the city's residents flee to the surrounding villages. In Upton village, amid the chaos, newly-married Ellen Parr finds a girl sleeping, unclaimed at the back of an empty bus. Five-year-old Pamela, it seems, is entirely alone.

Ellen has always believed she does not want children, but when she takes Pamela into her home the child cracks open the past Ellen thought she had escaped and the future she had dreamed for herself. As the war rages on, love grows where it was least expected, surprising them all. But with the end of the fighting comes the realization that Pamela was never theirs to keep...

For anyone who loved All the Light we Cannot See and The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society, We Must Be Brave is a luminous novel about the ways we can rescue one another, and the many different forms that courage can take.

Genre: Historical

Praise for this book

"We Must Be Brave by Frances Liardet is a beautifully written story that explores love, loss, resilience, and the bonds of motherhood over the course of the 20th century. A sweeping, heartfelt novel about what it means to truly love a child." - Jillian Cantor

"We Must Be Brave is outstanding: such fine, fine writing, and such a steady, unsentimental gaze at human relationships in all their toughness and fragility. I adored this novel, and will be pressing it into people's hands at every opportunity." - Shelley Harris

"Be prepared to surrender – to Liardet's gorgeous prose, her haunting storyline, and the question that will lodge in your heart long after you’ve finished: What would I have done? For anyone who has ever loved a child, this stirring debut will work its way indelibly into the folds of your memory, and of your heart." - Georgia Hunter

"Oh, I loved this book so much! It’s strikingly authentic, beautifully written, and a wonderfully touching depiction of the families people create for themselves when blood relatives let them down. It broke my heart and glued it together again. Just perfect." - Jill Mansell

"We Must Be Brave is a wonderful novel. A beautifully written story of love and loss, with thoughtfully crafted characters and so much to think about long after you’ve finished reading it. It is one of those novels you can talk about for hours – the perfect book club read." - AJ Pearce

"This is storytelling at its best. Wise, generous and captivating." - Sarah Winman


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February 2019 : USA Hardback
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Title: We Must Be Brave
Author(s): Frances Liardet
ISBN: 0-7352-1886-2 / 978-0-7352-1886-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
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January 2019 : UK Hardback
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Title: We Must Be Brave
Author(s): Frances Liardet
ISBN: 0-00-828013-4 / 978-0-00-828013-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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Paperback Editions

July 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: We Must Be Brave
Author(s): Frances Liardet
ISBN: 0-00-828015-0 / 978-0-00-828015-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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February 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: We Must Be Brave
Author(s): Frances Liardet
ISBN: 0-00-828014-2 / 978-0-00-828014-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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February 2019 : Audio CD
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Title: We Must Be Brave
Author(s): Frances Liardet
ISBN: 1-984839-79-9 / 978-1-984839-79-4
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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February 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: We Must Be Brave
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Title: We Must Be Brave
Author(s): Frances Liardet
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February 2019 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: We Must Be Brave
Author(s): Frances Liardet
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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Title: We Must Be Brave
Author(s): Frances Liardet
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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Kindle Editions

February 2019 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: We Must Be Brave
Author(s): Frances Liardet
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
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February 2019 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: We Must Be Brave
Author(s): Frances Liardet
Publisher: Fourth Estate
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU