10 reasons to read everyone brave

10 Reasons why you should read Everyone Brave is Forgiven

19 Apr 2016

Just in case you weren't excited enough already.

It’s not very often, even in the mighty Hodder towers, that a novel as special as Everyone Brave is Forgiven comes along. Working on it has (almost) been as enjoyable as reading it and to get you convinced, if you aren’t already, here are 10 reasons why you should be sprinting to your nearest bookshop as soon as possible.

1. First things first. Mary North is one of Chris’s finest creations (and that is saying something).

2. It is a book which brings the Second World War to life with bristling clarity.

3. You will discover that war can destroy many things, but love and honour always endure.

4. The pace and precision of Chris’s prose are an exercise in beauty and control.

5.  If the prose and narrative technique are exemplary, the dialogue is nothing short of spectacular.

6. You will laugh almost as much as you will “just have something in your eye”.

7. You will also learn about the dark side of the British character. This is a story not about the children who were safely evacuated from the cities, but those who were sent back.

8. There is an incredible real life component to the story. The idea from the book was born from the discovery of a series of amazing letters written by the author’s grandparents.

9. It has characters you will be thinking about long after the book (and several others you read after it) has closed.

10. From the very opening line, you know you’re in the hands of a master storyteller: ‘War was declared at 11.15 and Mary North signed up at noon.’

Dan, Hodder

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Everyone Brave Is Forgiven

By Chris Cleave

'Ian McEwan did this with Atonement, Sarah Waters did it with The Night Watch, and Chris Cleave does it too with Everyone Brave is Forgiven... A compelling and finely crafted novel.' FT

'An addictive, propulsive read' The Sunday Times

Summer Reading pick - Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train
Top Ten hottest summer reads - Sunday Telegraph
Instant New York Times Bestseller
Evening Standard bestseller
'A cracker' Stylist, 10 Exciting Books in 2016
'His best book to date' Esquire, 10 best novels of 2016
Guardian Literary Highlight of 2016
Independent Best Book to read in 2016
Irish News Top Picks for 2016
Washington Post 20 Books We Can't Wait to Read in 2016


An extraordinary tale of love and honour in extreme circumstances, from the multi-award-winning author of THE OTHER HAND.

When war is declared, Mary North leaves finishing school unfinished, goes straight to the War Office, and signs up.

Tom Shaw decides to give it a miss - until his flatmate Alistair unexpectedly enlists, and the conflict can no longer be avoided.

Young, bright and brave, Mary is certain she'd be a marvelous spy. When she is - bewilderingly - made a teacher, she instead finds herself defying prejudice to protect the children her country would rather forget.

Tom, meanwhile, finds that he will do anything for Mary.

And when Mary and Alistair meet, it is love, as well as war, that will test them in ways they could not have imagined, entangling three lives in violence and passion, friendship and deception, inexorably shaping their hopes and dreams.

In a powerful combination of both humour and heartbreak, this dazzling novel weaves little-known history, and a perfect love story, through the vast sweep of the Second World War - daring us to understand that, against the great theatre of world events, it is the intimate losses, the small battles, the daily human triumphs, that change us most.

An addictive, propulsive read . . . Cleave writes with an engaging intensity, a determination to tackle big moral issues, and a willingness to take risks.A compelling and finely crafted novel...The Second World War is dangerous territory for a contemporary novelist: the enemies they face include familiarity, cliché, and the reader's knowledge that any number of things happened then that were far stranger than fiction. For a writer to succeed in setting a tale in a period of heightened emotions, they need first to keep their own emotions under close control. Ian McEwan did this with Atonement, Sarah Waters did it with The Night Watch, and Chris Cleave does it too with Everyone Brave is Forgiven.Loosely based on the author's grandparents' stories, this is a superb novel that breathes fresh life into an often brutal scenario. Particularly astute at demonstrating how war seeps into the psyche and changes it, this is beautifully written, funny, gut-wrenching and, above all, honest.Powerful and moving . . . Cleave's real revisionism exists in the very fabric of his prose.A tremendous, sweeping love story that unfolds against the backdrop of war-torn London and Malta.Tender and touching.Cleave cements his reputation as a skilful storyteller, and a sensitive chronicler of the interplay between the political and the personal . . . intricately researched and evocatively conveyed.Absorbing [and] sharply paced.Brilliant [and] fearlessly written . . . Thoroughly absorbing.I was blown away by it.A special bookIt's a war novel but not as you know it. Cleave, a Guardian journalist and celebrated novelist (Incendiary, The Other Hand), has reportedly written his best book to date with this tale of a young teacher determined to stay in Blitz-time London.Magnificent and profoundly moving...This dazzling novel of World War II is full of unforgettable characters and the keen emotional insights that moved readers of Chris Cleave's Little Bee.Brings both the Blitz and the siege of Malta to unforgettable life.With dazzling prose, sharp English wit, and compassion, Cleave paints a powerful portrait of war's effects on those who fight and those left behind.He has the rare ability to tell a unique story while also expressing universal truths that pierce straight into your own everyday. Sure to be one of the hits of this year.A story of epic love inspired by grandparents and capital.You'd be hard-pushed to find a list of what to read in 2016 that doesn't feature Chris Cleave's latest.'War holds obvious advantages as a subject for novelists, with all its opportunities for heightened drama and extreme challenges for characters. But Cleave has taken an over familiar milieu and created something compelling... This moving novel is filled with a sense of new possibilities emerging from shattered lives.'In a powerful combination of both humour and heartbreak, this dazzling novel weaves little-known history, and a perfect love story, through the vast sweep of the Second World War from a modern master of storytelling.Chris Cleave's debut novel INCENDIARY was a prize-winner and international bestseller and his second novel, THE OTHER HAND has found phenomenal success both in the UK and abroad, hitting number one on the New York Times bestseller list. He is married with three children, and lives in Surrey. He keeps a website at www.chriscleave.com and can be found on twitter.com/chriscleave.

The breathtaking new novel from the highly acclaimed author of
THE OTHER HAND.


When war is declared, Mary North leaves finishing school unfinished, goes straight to the War Office, and signs up.

Tom Shaw decides to give it a miss - until his flatmate Alistair unexpectedly enlists, and the conflict can no longer be avoided.

Young, bright and brave, Mary is certain she'd be a marvelous spy. When she is - bewilderingly - made a teacher, she instead finds herself defying prejudice to protect the children her country would rather forget.

Tom, meanwhile, finds that he will do anything for Mary.

And when Mary and Alistair meet, it is love, as well as war, that will test them in ways they could not have imagined, entangling three lives in violence and passion, friendship and deception, inexorably shaping their hopes and dreams.

In a powerful combination of both humour and heartbreak, this dazzling novel weaves little-known history, and a perfect love story, through the vast sweep of the Second World War - daring us to understand that, against the great theatre of world events, it is the intimate losses, the small battles, the daily human triumphs, that change us most.

The finest and most powerful novel yet from a modern master of storytelling.THE OTHER HAND was a huge international bestseller, selling over 500k paperbacks through TCM.Trade plans include author hand-selling proof tour with booksellers; huge run of superproofs; extensive author tour and unmissable launch in April across all media - this will be one of the publishing events of the year.Perfect crossover fiction - as commercial as Jojo Moyes or Jodi Picoult; as literary as Ian McEwan or Kate AtkinsonTHE OTHER HAND was Costa-shortlisted; INCENDIARY won the Somerset Maugham; and both books were shortlisted for a Commonwealth Writers' Prize.Author finds new routes through WWII that have never been written before, like Ian McEwan's ATONEMENT, Sarah Waters' THE PAYING GUESTS and Kate Atkinson's LIFE AFTER LIFE.