Tue, 17 January 2012
One of the more bracing novels about life on the Home Front during the First World War, which agonises over how one is to fight, if one cannot fight. All possible types of non-combatants appear here in a story about integrity, indifference, living and dying. Rose Macaulay, one of the most honest novelists of human nature, wrote in this novel a marvellous record of life as it really was lived. Buses, tea-shops, house-keeping, church-going, refugees, newspaper headlines, country walks and having fun at Earl's Court to blot out the thought of men dying across the Channel: all human life is here. For readers who want the details that matter.