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The Wartime Book Club

Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9781399714938

Price: £22

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Jersey, 1943. Once a warm and neighbourly community, now German soldiers patrol the cobbled streets, imposing a harsh rule on the people of the island.

Grace La Mottée, the island’s only librarian, is ordered to destroy books which threaten the new regime. Instead, she hides the stories away in secret. Along with her headstrong best friend, postwoman Bea Rose, she wants to fight back. So she forms the wartime book club: a lifeline, offering fearful islanders the joy and escapism of reading.

But as the occupation drags on, the women’s quiet acts of bravery become more perilous – and more important – than ever before. And, when tensions turn to violence, they are forced to face the true, terrible cost of resistance . . .

Based on astonishing real events, The Wartime Book Club is a love letter to the power of books in the darkest of times – as well as a moving page-turner that brings to life the remarkable, untold story of an island at war.


‘Bravery, traitors, acts of defiance and compassion . . . [and] a beautiful and touching love story too’ Pam Weaver
‘A wonderful, poignant, heartwarming story of the power of books and the strength of the human spirit’ Louise Fein
‘This is a story of bravery and the cost of small acts of defiance . . . simply outstanding!’ Andie Newton
‘An unforgettable page-turner’ Gill Paul
‘A book to be savoured and remembered’ Gill Thompson
‘With her brilliant research, Kate Thompson has brought this terrifying time vividly to life . . . a stunning novel’ Suzanne Goldring

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A splendid warm-hearted novel
Rachel Hore
A heartwarming story of how friendship and the written word sustain us in the toughest times.
Janet Skeslien Charles, author of The Paris Library
Gripping, emotional and uplifting
Gill Paul
A book to be savoured and remembered
Gill Thompson
Both heartwarming and heartbreaking, this is an unforgettable page-turner
Gill Paul