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We That are Left [Kindle Edition]

Juliet Greenwood
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August 4th, 1914: ‘It was the day of champagne and raspberries, the day the world changed.’ Juliet Greenwood’s moving, thrilling novel honours the sacrifice of soldiers and civilians in World War I and captures how lives were changed afterwards, some destroyed, but some, with love and courage, rebuilt anew. Elin lives a luxurious but lonely life at Hiram Hall. Her husband Hugo loves her but he has never recovered from the Boer War. Now another war threatens to destroy everything she knows. With Hugo at the front, and her cousin Alice and friend Mouse working for the war effort, Elin has to learn to run the estate in Cornwall, growing much needed food, sharing her mother’s recipes and making new friends – and enemies. But when Mouse is in danger, Elin must face up to the horrors in France herself. And when the Great War is finally over, Elin’s battles prove to have only just begun.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1025 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 390 Seiten
  • Verlag: Honno Press (20. Februar 2014)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.3 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (3 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #82.978 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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Juliet is the author of 'We That are Left' and 'Eden's Garden' both published by Honno Press.

Juliet lives in a traditional Welsh quarryman's cottage between Anglesey and the mountains of Snowdonia. She has a large garden that would have been used by original inhabitants to grow vegetables and fruit to supplement their wages. Juliet tries to follow in their footsteps with the aid of a polytunnel and plenty of experimenting with the results!

Between the ages of 8 and 16 Juliet attended Elmfield Rudolf Steiner School, where many of her teachers were French and German refugees. The memories of their experiences have stayed with her, and formed part of the inspiration for 'We That are Left'.

As a child, Juliet always had her nose in a book. She wrote her first novel (an epic inspired by Rosemary Sutcliff and set in Saxon times) at the age of ten. After studying English at Lancaster University and King's College, London, Juliet worked in a variety of jobs to support her writing, before finally fulfilling her ambition to become a published author.

As well as novels under her own name, Juliet writes serials and short stories for magazines as 'Heather Pardoe'.

'We That are Left' was completed with the aid of a Literature Wales Bursary and was book of the Month for March 2014 for Waterstones Wales, The Books Council of Wales, and the National Museums of Wales.

'Eden's Garden' was chosen by the Welsh Books Council as Welsh Book of the Month May 2013, and as a finalist for The People's Book Prize 2013/14.

Both books reached the top #5 in the Kindle Store in summer 2014.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Bewegende Lebensgeschichte 30. Mai 2014
Von Lyllie
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Ein sehr empfehlenswertes Buch! Ich bin kein Fan von Kriegsliteratur, deshalb war ich erst skeptisch, weil der Roman zur Zeit des 1. Weltkrieges spielt. Allerdings steht nicht die Kriegsfront im Vordergrund, sondern es geht um die Auswirkungen dieses Krieges auf das Leben einer Frau, ihrer Familie und Freunde zuhause in England. Es ist flüssig geschrieben, sprachlich gut formuliert und die Mischung aus Beschreibung von ruhigen Momenten, gefährlichen Situationen und einer eher zarten Liebesgeschichte ist einfach sehr gute Unterhaltung!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen unbedingt lesenswert 18. August 2014
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Liebe, Verrat, Vertrauen - alles verpackt in die Zeit des 1. Weltkriegs. Bewegend und spannend zugleich. Hoffentlich hören wir noch mehr von Juliet Greenwood!
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3.0 von 5 Sternen nicht schlecht 7. Dezember 2014
Von Tupf
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Das Buch hat mich nicht in den Bann gezogen. Die Charaktere sind clicheehaft und bei der Handlung bin ich mir nicht sicher ob das so gewesen sein könnte...
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Die hilfreichsten Kundenrezensionen auf (beta) 4.4 von 5 Sternen  7 Rezensionen
5.0 von 5 Sternen Unputdownable novel based upon early 20th century women's social history 30. Dezember 2014
Von Story Circle Book Reviews - Veröffentlicht auf
We That are Left is Juliet Greenwood's second novel set during the tumultuous years of the Great War, in a small village in Cornwall. Elin, the principle protagonist, is married to Hugo, a major in the British Army who suffered deep psychological wounds after serving during the Boer War. Though he may once have loved Elin, she can no longer find any vestiges of his love in her lonely life. But then, on a beautiful sunny day in August, a biplane piloted by an adventure-seeking young woman, paradoxically called Mouse, makes an emergency landing close to the manor, Hiram Hall. Elin not only makes a new friend on that portentous day, but is drawn ever more deeply into the intrigues and dramas of Mouse's wild life and ends by making a new life for herself.

Juliet Greenwood is a rather unique author, one who succeeds in combining a variety of elements I enjoy in a novel. If she needs a label, or a shelf to be placed upon in the bookshop, I suppose her genre is romance, or perhaps the more all-encompassing genre of "women's fiction with romantic elements."

But being British, Greenwood has no need to worry about attempting to fit her novels within certain definitions, narrow or otherwise. The remit for English authors has always been wider, and deeper, than that, allowing (even within the confines of "genre" writing) for deviations and multifarious interpretations. In other words, an author generally has free rein to roam where her imagination might take her—although finding a publisher might take a little longer.

Juliet Greenwood is a quintessential English authoress. I use this word, not in any pejorative sense, but to acknowledge her long and illustrious heritage found within the covers of her novel-writing ancestors, many of whom are currently in the process of been re-published by small independent publishing houses, such as Persephone Press. Common themes in early 20th century women's writing include strong female characters cast in an engaging socially-oriented fiction, elements much in evidence in Greenwood's novels also. Like her forbears, Ms Greenwood is a mistress of storytelling. Her novel pulls the reader in from the very first page and drags her through a kind of potted history of women's emerging consciousness and evolving dreams of freedom from the shackles which have long held them, and their mothers, and their mother's mothers, in thrall to a destiny not of their own making.

Setting the "Prologue" aside for the moment, the story begins on August 1st, 1914. This tale, of almost epic proportions, opens with a sentence suggesting the devastation which can lie hidden beneath the apparent sweet innocence of the most delicate day in a rose-tinted English summer: "It was the day of raspberries and champagne, the day the world changed."

Yet though the novel reads like something akin to a long film biopic, most of the action takes place over the few short, but terrible years, from 1914, when World War 1 began, to the summer of 1919. The book is flanked by a preface and a conclusion, both set in 1925. The preface is a setting for a protagonist returning to the scene of the crime, as it were, filled with a mixture of emotion encompassing both sorrow and regret, liberally laced with relief and a kind of hopeful anticipation. Indeed, the preface succeeds extremely well in setting the emotional undertones for the novel which is to follow. Juliet Greenwood is obviously a woman who watches without judging, a compassionate person who sees with a vision wider and more open than many of her contemporaries. Her novel reflects her deep consideration of many of the thorny issues which plagued not just her female characters in the story, but which continue to haunt many of her female contemporaries.

Throughout the novel, Greenwood throws a variety of difficult conundrums at her cast, and to her credit as a storyteller, she never allows herself to sink into the realm of authorial clichés. Her characters' problems are often of a deeply moral nature, yet she never shirks from her responsibility to treat them with the deference they deserve. Over the course of the novel, Greenwood explores issues such as domestic violence, rape in times of war, the difficulties of procuring a divorce for a woman, the limited options for women before the First World War and the assumption, for many of a certain class, that all would return to the way it used to be once the Great War ended.

If you have a fondness for writing in the tradition of English women authors; if you enjoy romance but without the usual clichéd plots normally associated with the genre; if you treasure novels based upon well researched archives of women's social history in the early 20th century; and if you love English period dramas made for television (such as the superb "The Crimson Field." also set during the Great War and aired on BBC in early 2014), then I have no doubt whatsoever that you will simply adore Juliet Greenwood's latest novel. I know I did!

by Edith O'Nuallain
for Story Circle Book Reviews
reviewing books by, for, and about women
5.0 von 5 Sternen Review: 'We That Are Left' by Juliet Greenwood 27. Oktober 2014
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It’s 1914 and Elin is married to Hugo, with whom she lives a comfortable but lonesome life at Hiram Hall. Hugo fought in the Boer War, something he doesn’t talk about but has influenced his life for the long run. Elin has a feeling her marriage isn’t going anywhere, but she doesn’t dare to do anything about it. Then World War I suddenly takes over everyone’s lives and Hugo leaves Elin behind to run the estate. While Elin’s cousin Alice and good friend Margaret work for the war effort, Elin is discovering a new side to herself and she realises there is so much more to life than being the obedient wife. But the war is unpredictable, and Elin finds herself thrown in different directions with no idea what her life will look like as soon as things will calm down again...

‘We That Are Left’ is Juliet Greenwood’s third novel and I can’t believe it took me this long to discover her work! I was completely enthralled by this book from start to finish and it’s one of the best wartime books I’ve read over the past couple of years. The main protagonist, Elin, is a fascinating heroine whose story I really enjoyed. Elin is struggling to find her own identity as a woman; before the war she is trying her best to be a good and obedient wife, but the outbreak of World War I changes everything and she discovers there’s much more and she can’t go back to her old life. Next to Elin, there’s a wonderful cast of well-drawn characters, who each bring their own unique something to the story. I particularly loved Lady Margaret Northolme, known as Mouse to her friends, who becomes Elin’s close friend, and Elin’s cousin Alice.

The story is mainly set in Cornwall, Anglesey and France, and the descriptions blew me away. Juliet Greenwood’s writing is really descriptive and almost enchanting; it made it so easy to imagine everything in my head, it was almost like a film. It is obvious the author did a lot of research and this definitely shows and makes the story even stronger. I already look forward to reading some of her other work in the future, with the hope of it being just as good as this particular book. ‘We That Are Left’ is an engrossing and moving novel with at its core a woman’s search for her own identity in the time of World War I; an absolute pleasure to read.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Didn't want it to end 23. September 2014
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We that Are Left is set around World War 1. It is the story of Elin, wife of Major Hugo Helstone, their home, Hiram Hall in Cornwall and the story of Elin's friends and family.

It begins in August 1914 a time of great anticipation and anxiety as rumours of war spread. Previously Hugo fought in the Boar war, far away but still with it's own nightmares which he has never shared with Elin. The war in Europe is much closer and everyone begins to consider the impact it may have on their lives.

When a bi-plane piloted by Lady Margaret Northolme lands unexpectedly near Hiram Hall, Elin and her cousin Alice meet "Mouse" as she affectionately known, someone who will come to play a major part in their future lives.

War against Prussia is declared and a monumental tide of men rush to sign up to fight thinking they are off on a huge adventure, while England is left to the women. Alice finds work in a hospital organising supplies, Elin makes plans to grow more foodstuffs from the gardens to feed the local community and Mouse heads off to France with a truck full of supplies.

No one is prepared for the horrors and losses that the war will bring. When the causalities start pouring in from France and Belgium, the madness of war is brought home, yet there is no end to the deaths and pain, while others show unending strength to carry on. News of Mousse's capture as a spy has Elin and Jack rushing to France on a daring rescue mission and Elin sees and experiences first hand the devastation caused.

This is such a moving story, one full of emotion and the author captures the atmosphere and adds details that make you feel as if you are there too with Elin. I loved the parts about Anglesey just as much as the being in the vehicles that Elin drove or helping make meals from scraps and the endless cups of tea. It really was a delight to read this book and I didn't want it to end at all.
This review is abased on a free copy of the book given to me by the author.
3.0 von 5 Sternen some profound writing in this novel. 18. Januar 2015
Von ChristophFischerBooks - Veröffentlicht auf
"We That Are Left"by Juliet Greenwood is a character driven historical novel that explores life at home during WW1 and also the sexual politics of those days. The book makes many interesting points and has some fascinating characters and plotlines. I didn't warm to the heroine and her narrative as much as I would have liked and wished her to develop more and deeper. There is however also some profound writing in this novel.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Brilliant!! 15. Juni 2014
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Really really enjoyed this book. The characters were well drawn and most were likeable. I love anything about this period in time and always enjoy stories set on the Home Front during these times. This gave us everything. Talk of battles and when she went to France the description of the 'sounds of battle' were excellent. The tension was well built up and I could feel my heart racing when I was reading about the road block scene. The ending too was perfect. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and will look out for more books by this author.
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