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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Nicholson Narrator: Gabrielle Glaister Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2013 ISBN: 9781442361669
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Kitty is loved by two best friends: Ed, a handsome hero, and Larry, a not-so-handsome, not-so-heroic but good, kind man. Larry adores Kitty from the start, but it’s Ed who Kitty marries. Both men go off to war, and Ed wins the highest military honor for his bravery. Sometimes, though, heroes don’t make the best husbands.

As the years go by and her marriage begins to crumble, Kitty slowly realizes that Larry is the one with whom she can be happy. Eventually, a little older, a little sadder, Larry’s selfless, faithful devotion is rewarded. Kitty and Larry admit their love for one another … but only at the cost of tragedy.

Epic in its reach from wartime Sussex to Nazi-occupied France to postwar London, perceptive and compassionate in its illumination of life’s greatest challenges and triumphs, Motherland follows three characters sharing their hopes and dreams, loves and losses, amid war and its aftermath.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A sweeping historical epic…[that] will make true romantics swoon.”


  • “Nicholson pays careful attention to historical details. He develops central characters that stir our emotions and keep us engaged.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “A wartime love story in the tradition of Atonement…affecting.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Intelligently scrumptious.”

    Daily Mail

  • “Extremely powerful.”


  • “Masterful, engaging, and romantic…his forte is in describing the nuances and complications of relationships and this talent really shines in Motherland. His simple, intense style…is one to get lost in.”

    Red Online

  • “A terrific book with a wonderful understanding of life in prewar and postwar Britain.”

    Julia Gregson, author of East of the Sun and Jasmine Nights

  • “Nicholson’s great strength lies in his ability to make the reader understand and care about his characters…This is a novel worth reading more than once.”

    Elizabeth Jane Howard, author of the Cazalet Chronicle series

  • “Gabrielle Glaister beautifully reads all the well-defined and distinct characters in a British accent appropriate for each of the characters in what is basically a wonderful love story. She also entertains in the detailed commentary about World War II, business, art, politics, and political domination.”


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About the Author
Author William Nicholson

William Nicholson is a screenwriter, playwright, television writer, and novelist. Perhaps best known for his Academy Award–nominated screenplays for Shadowlands and Gladiator, he is also the author of several young adult and fantasy novels and a sequence of contemporary adult novels set in England. He lives in Sussex, England.

About the Narrator

Gabrielle Glaister is an English actress known for her roles in Blackadder II, Blackadder Goes Forth, Coronation Street, Family Affairs, and various other television and film roles.