The Widow and her Hero

The Widow and her Hero

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In 1943, when Grace and Leo Waterhouse married in Australia, they were part of a young generation ready to sacrifice themselves to win the war, while being confident they would survive. Sixty years on, as Grace recounts what happened to her doomed hero, she can say what she suspected then: that for many men, bravery is its own end. The tale she tells is one of great love, lost innocence, a charismatic but unstable Irish commander, dashing undercover missions against the Japanese in Singapore, and - in her eyes - reckless, foolhardy exploits. As fresh details continue to emerge, Grace is forced to keep revising her picture of what happened to Leo and his fellow commandoes - until she learns about the final piece in the jigsaw, and an ultimate betrayal. As absorbing as it is thought-provoking, this timely novel poses unsettling questions about what drives men to battle and heroic deeds, and movingly conveys the life-long effect on those who survive them.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 128 x 192 x 22mm | 199.58g
  • Sceptre
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • None
  • 0340825286
  • 9780340825280
  • 278,340

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'Both an absorbing wartime thriller and a thoroughly convincing study of grief * Sunday Times * 'A poignant and touching novel...wonderfully written' * Angela Cooke, Daily Express * 'A subtle examination of heroism... the elegance and economy of this novel are dazzling...This clever, compelling novel asks some uncomfortable questions' * Penelope Lively, Guardian * 'Any new work by this master of moral complexity is a matter for rejoicing. He looks into the heart of the human condition with a piercing intelligence that few can match' * David Robson, Sunday Telegraph * 'A compelling and deeply persuasive meditation on the moral ambiguities of heroism...a page turner of a thriller as well as an affecting (and very sexy) love story, ingeniously constructed, carefully weighted...a novel of beauty and faith' * Joseph O'Connor, Irish Times * 'Exceptionally good...the work of a master storyteller' * Allan Massie, Scotsman * 'Touching and gripping until the very last page' * John Harding, Daily Mail *
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About Thomas Keneally

Thomas Keneally began his writing career in 1964 and has published thirty novels since. They include Schindler's Ark, which won the Booker Prize in 1982 and was subsequently made into the film Schindler's List, and The Chant Of Jimmie Blacksmith, Confederates and Gossip From The Forest, each of which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. His most recent novels are The Daughters Of Mars, which was shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize in 2013, and Shame and the Captives. He has also written several works of non-fiction, including his memoir Homebush Boy, Searching for Schindler and Australians. He is married with two daughters and lives in Sydney.
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145 ratings
3.44 out of 5 stars
5 13% (19)
4 40% (58)
3 31% (45)
2 10% (14)
1 6% (9)
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