By the author of SCHINDLER'S ARK, a profoundly affecting tale of love, courage and sacrifice and a searing evocation of the First World War from a fresh, female perspective.
In 1915, two spirited Australian sisters join the war effort as nurses, escaping the confines of their father's dairy farm and carrying a guilty secret with them. Used to tending the sick as they are, nothing could have prepared them for what they confront, first in the Dardanelles, then on the Western Front. Yet they find courage in the face of extreme danger and become the friends they never were before. And eventually they meet the kind of men worth giving up their precious independence for - if only they all survive.
At once epic in scope and extraordinarily intimate, The Daughters of Mars brings the First World War to vivid life from an unusual perspective. Profoundly moving, it pays tribute to the men and women who voluntarily risked their lives for peace.
Superbly exciting...unmissable, unforgettable. — Kate Saunders, The Times
'A tour de force of storytelling that is both epic and intimate, experimental and traditional.' — James Kidd, Books of the Year, Independent on Sunday
Along with a Tolstoyan ability to describe the horrors of battle, this amazing book also has an extraordinary intimacy...an altogether towering achievement. — AN Wilson, Readers Digest
'May be the best novel of his career: a book that aims for, and achieves, real grandeur' — James Walton, Books of the Year, Spectator
'Triumphant: this epic saga is one of the best things he has written' — Michael Prodger, Financial Times
Over and over again, a brief but brilliant phrase turns a statistic into a real person and wrings compassion from you. — Jake Kerridge, Sunday Express
'Superbly involving' — Catherine Taylor, Books of the Year, Sunday Telegraph