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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: Louisa Young Narrator: Dan Stevens Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2015 ISBN: 9780062356833
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April, 1919. Six months have passed since the armistice that ended the Great War. But new battles face those who have survived.

Only twenty-three, former soldier Riley Purefoy and his bride, Nadine Waveney, have their whole lives ahead of them. But Riley’s injuries from the war have created awkward tensions between the couple, scars that threaten to shatter their marriage before it has truly begun.

Peter and Julia Locke are facing their own trauma. Peter has become a recluse, losing himself in drink to forget the horrors of the war. Desperate to reach her husband, Julia tries to soothe his bitterness, but their future together is uncertain.

Drawn together in the aftermath of the war, the couples become tightly intertwined. Haunted by loss, guilt, and dark memories, contending with uncertainty, anger, and pain, they are left with the question: is love strong enough to help them move forward?

The incandescent follow up to the international bestseller My Dear I Want to Tell You, The Heroes’ Welcome is a powerful and intimate novel chronicling the turbulence of 1919—a year of perilous beginnings, disturbing realities, and glimmerings of hope.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “If you read one novel about the effects of the First World War this year, make it this one. It has brain with its brawn and deserves a hero’s welcome.”

    Times (London)

  • “[A] tender, elegiac novel. Others have been here before, of course, from Sebastian Faulks to Pat Barker, but Young belongs in their company.”

    Mail on Sunday (London)

  • “Powerful, sometimes shocking, boldly conceived, it fixes on war’s lingering trauma to show how people adapt—or not—and is irradiated by anger and pity.”

    Sunday Times (London)

  • “Fierce and tender, The Heroes’ Welcome depicts heroism on the grand scale and the importance of the tiniest act of courage.”

    Observer (London)

  • “Young possesses in abundance emotional conviction, pace, and imaginative energy, and these qualities will draw readers with her through time and space, as she unfolds the story of the Lockes and Purefoys.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “A moving exploration of the war’s toll on a generation…deeply affecting.”


  • “Young manages to create characters who project an appealing combination of melancholy and moxie, imbuing her story with such quiet power that readers will be anxiously awaiting the final installment.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “It’s 1919, and the characters Young introduced in My Dear, I Wanted to Tell You are trying to adjust to peacetime life… Young affectingly charts the toll war continues to take long after the soldiers have left the battlefield.”


  • “There is much to enjoy in Young’s skillful plotting and sometimes heartbreaking story…beautifully balancing modest moments with dramatic ones. Having invested in Young’s characters in the superb My Dear, I Wanted to Tell You, we care even more about them the second time around. One looks forward to reading the final installment.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “A complex story delivered with sensitivity and emotion by narrator Dan Stevens…Although Stevens’ portrayal of Peter Locke’s battles with alcohol highlights the book, it is his more understated delivery of the other characters’ demons that brings out the best of the novel.”


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About the Author

Louisa Young grew up in London in the house where Peter Pan was written. She studied modern history at Cambridge and was for many years a freelance journalist working mostly for the motorcycle press, Marie Claire, and the Guardian. She lives in London and Italy with her daughter and the composer Robert Lockhart.

About the Narrator

Dan Stevens is nternationally known for his role as Matthew Crawley in the hit television drama Downton Abbey, and more recently he has starred in films including Summer in February, The Fifth Estate, A Walk among the Tombstones, The Guest, The Cobbler, and Night at the Museum 3. Dan’s other screen work includes Vamps, Hilde, Sense & Sensibility, Maxwell, and The Line of Beauty, and his theater work includes The Heiress on Broadway and Arcadia, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, The Vortex, and Hay Fever in London.