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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (563 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sadie Jones Narrator: Stephen Hoye Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Fresh off her triumphantly assured debut novel The Outcast, award-winning author Sadie Jones has again delivered a quiet masterpiece in Small Wars. Set on the colonial, war-torn island of Cyprus in 1956, Jones tells the story of a young solider, Hal Treherne, and the effects of this “small war” on him, his wife, Clara, and their family. Reminiscent of classic tales of love and war such as The English Patient and Atonement, Jones’ gripping novel also calls to mind the master works of Virginia Woolf and their portrayal of the quiet desperation of a marriage in crisis.

Small Wars is at once a deeply emotional, meticulously researched work of historical fiction and a profound meditation on war-time atrocities committed both on and off the battlefield.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Venuskitten | 2/10/2014

    " The story of a marriage under strain following an Army posting to Cyprus. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Donna Hosie | 1/20/2014

    " Nowhere near as good as her debut, I found this to be a novel without a real story. Jones' prose though is stunning and evocative and those who love descriptive fiction will lap it up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mary Anne Anne | 1/15/2014

    " Jones has an excellent sense of the impact of trauma on children, adults, and relationships, shown both in Small Wars and The Outcast. Excellent read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Farrah | 1/2/2014

    " The beginning was a little slow but as we get more into the novel, you can't help but want to keep reading about Hal, Clara, and their lives together and apart. Small Wars is a story that shares with us what sometimes happens as a result of the cruelties of war and how it can change people. Overall I thought this novel was OK, not one I'd re-read again but at the same time one I found a bit interesting as I'd not read anything about the changes people go through after being affected by war. "

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About the Author
Author Sadie Jones

Sadie Jones’ first novel, The Outcast, was published to wide critical acclaim and won the Costa First Novel Award in Great Britain. It was also a finalist for the prestigious Orange Prize, as well as a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for First Fiction. The novels that followed were also well received. She lives in London.