Island Song

Madeleine Bunting

Published: 4 April 2019
Hardback, Demy HB
138x216mm, 400 pages
ISBN: 9781783784615
£12.99

Overview

In 1940, Helene, young, naive, and recently married, waves goodbye to her husband, who has enlisted in the British army. Hr home, Guernsey, is soon invaded by the Germans, leaving her exposed to the hardships of occupation. Forty years later, her daughter, Roz, begins a search for the truth about her father, and stumbles into the secret history of her mother's life.

Written with emotional acuity and passionate intensity, Island Song speaks of the moral complexities of war-time allegiances, the psychological toll of living with the enemy and the messy reality of human relationships in a tightly knot community. As Roz discovers, truth is hard to pin down, and so are the rights and wrongs of those struggling to survive in the most difficult of circumstances.


About the author

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Madeleine Bunting was for many years a columnist for the Guardian, which she joined in 1990. Born in North Yorkshire, Bunting read History at Cambridge and Politics at Harvard. She is the author of The Model Occupation: The Channel Islands under German Rule, 1940-45, Willing Slaves: How the Overwork Culture is Ruling Our Lives (both published by HarperCollins) and The Plot: A Biography of an English Acre (published by Granta in 2009) which won the Portico Prize and was shortlisted for the Ondaatje Prize. She left the Guardian in 2013 to concentrate on her writing. She lives in London with her family. More about the author


Reviews

A wonderful evocation of wartime secrets and hidden histories, and a moving exploration of the far-reaching consequences they can have’ Catherine Hall

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Reviews

Compelling and moving - the narrative carried me along. I was gripped by Madeleine Bunting's cast of wartime characters and their modern-day descendants until the very last page’ Catherine Hall

Vivid and engrossing, Island Song tells an extraordinary story, bringing to life a largely untold experience of the Second World War. Madeleine Bunting is a fine writer, and her beautiful novel a memorable debut.Claire Messud

‘A gripping and exceptionally well told story about one woman's quest for truth, illuminating the many ways in which emotional and political histories are so often intricately’ Melissa Benn

‘Psychologically taut and compelling. A fascinating depiction of wartime Guernsey, with very real, very moving characters’ Catherine Hall





 
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