Everyone Brave is Forgiven tells the stories of three characters and how their lives intersect during the tumultuous years of World War Two. Mary is a socialite who decides to volunteer for the war effort more to shock her parents than from any sense of duty. Tom works in education administration and crosses paths with Mary when she is assigned to teach the children who haven’t been evacuated. Finally, Alastair is an art restorer who decides to enlist, much to the horror of his best friend, Tom.
This started as an almost light-hearted look at the beginning of World War Two, when nobody took it too seriously, especially London’s bright young things. The language is arch and reflects the attitudes of the time, which takes a bit of getting used to. As we follow these three young people, we see the way in which the war changed the lives of those who lived through it. This book is wonderfully written and I found the storyline gripping.
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