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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: January 2010 ISBN: 9781400185566
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A passionate and beautifully written tale of personal loss in the midst of war in late 1950s Cyprus, Small Wars raises important questions that are just as relevant today. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gill | 12/30/2013

    " I enjoyed this book. I think she evoked both the place and time and the realities of army life really well. Hal was a decent man and even when he could no longer collude with the atrocities he knew about, still he would not betray his first love, the army. The story of Hal and Clara's love is real and believable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 MaryAlice | 12/23/2013

    " Well-written. Easy to read. A tad melodramatic and some graphic war images... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dixie | 12/22/2013

    " This book is a jewel--interesting characters, riveting story. You can feel the tension to the last minute. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leah | 12/12/2013

    " Just didn't care about the main characters. Gets better towards the end but generally a disappointment after the excellent The Outcast. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shari | 12/5/2013

    " This was a really sad book about Major Hal Treherne who is posted to Cypress in the 1950s with his wife Clara and how the excesses of war inevitably wreck havoc on countries, relationships and human morale. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 8/1/2013

    " I have rated this a 2, I did enjoy it but The Outcast was better and I rated that a 3. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate Hewitt | 7/11/2013

    " This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. Absorbing, moving, with well-drawn characters and a fascinating setting. Highly recommended. It's not a fast-paced book, but it completely pulled me in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 5/3/2013

    " This is an unbelievably well written but bleak book set in Cyprus in the 1950s when British soldiers were stationed there. It's a story of a small war and all the terrorism and atrocities that go with that as well as the story of a military marriage. It feels very contemporary. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margot | 2/17/2013

    " This is one of the best stories I have ever read about the effects of war on the average guy and his family. I also know nothing about the Greek/Turk conflict on the island of Cypress in the 50s. Wonderful morality tale. Every bit as good, if not better, than The Outcasts. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie | 9/4/2012

    " This book opened my eyes to the historic small battles as the British colony experimented with liberation through Greek retaliation. In the end, it almost ruined an army marriage and messed psychologically with their sensibility. All in all...an interesting read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Librarychick4405 | 4/5/2012

    " Disappointing follow up to her previous book. Didn't finish it actually. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fran devaney | 1/2/2012

    " Set in Cyprus in th 50s and follows Hal, a soldier, and his wife Clara. Interesting enough book, looking at what happens during war and the moral choices people make. I enjoyed the book but found Hal, the main character extrememly frustrating and inept. Aside from that it was an engrossing read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Katie Mallalieu | 8/28/2011

    " Gave up on it - so boring. Why would I want to read about army live in Cyprus and stalking farmhouses etc. Dull as dishwater "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Darcy | 3/31/2011

    " This book sounds like it would be interesting it's not. You think their would be some romance, but is the complete opposite. I didn't get very far in the book because I felt it was pointless. This was a complete bore. I'm glad I didn't even read half of it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Anne | 3/15/2011

    " 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! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mari Anne | 2/25/2011

    " Mundane and boring, this story of a British army major and his wife who are stationed on the island of Cyprus during a revolution, never really goes anywhere or resolves anything. I skimmed most of this dull book and wouldn't recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Greg | 1/4/2011

    " The setting was accurate to history. I was expecting more of a historical novel and read what felt more like the opposite of a period romance - the main characters fell from romance into dark recesses of torn lives. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margot | 12/28/2010

    " This is one of the best stories I have ever read about the effects of war on the average guy and his family. I also know nothing about the Greek/Turk conflict on the island of Cypress in the 50s. Wonderful morality tale. Every bit as good, if not better, than The Outcasts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Manda | 12/9/2010

    " Really enjoyed this more than Sadie Jones last novel The Outcast due to the detailed research relating to the Cypriot conflict in the 1950s. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Librarychick4405 | 10/18/2010

    " Disappointing follow up to her previous book. Didn't finish it actually. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 8/26/2010

    " Loved this. A little disappointed by the ending, but I'm not sure what I expected anyway. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Darcy | 8/23/2010

    " This book sounds like it would be interesting it's not. You think their would be some romance, but is the complete opposite. I didn't get very far in the book because I felt it was pointless. This was a complete bore. I'm glad I didn't even read half of it. "

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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.

About the Narrator

Stephen Hoye has worked as a professional actor in London and Los Angeles for more than thirty years. Trained at Boston University and the Guildhall in London, he has acted in television series and six feature films and has appeared in London’s West End.