If You Go Away
By Adele Parks
The new novel from Sunday Times bestseller Adele Parks, set during the outbreak of the First World War
Glamorous debutantes, heartbreak and discovering just what is worth fighting for in the new historical novel from Sunday Times bestseller Adele Parks.
1914. Vivian, a young, impassioned debutante is hurried into a pedestrian marriage to cover a scandal. War breaks out on her wedding day - domestically and across Europe. Quick to escape the disappointment of matrimony, her traditionalist husband immediately enlists and Vivian has no alternative than to take up the management and running of his estate - after all, everyone is required to do their bit. Even pretty, inadequately-educated young wives.
Howard, a brilliant young playwright rushes to the front to see for himself the best and the worst of humanity; he cannot imagine what the horror might be. In March 1916, when conscription becomes law, it is no longer enough for him to report on the War, it's a legal requirement that he joins the ranks. Howard refuses, becoming one of the most notorious conscientious objectors of the time. Disarmingly handsome, famous, articulate and informed, he's a threat to the government. Narrowly escaping a death sentence by agreeing to take essential work on Vivian's farm, it's only then Howard understands what is worth fighting for.
Adele Parks worked in advertising until she published her first novel in 2000. Since then, her many Sunday Times bestsellers have been translated into twenty-six different languages. Adele spent her adult life in Italy, Botswana and London until 2005 when she moved to Guildford, where she now lives with her husband and son. Adele believes reading is a basic human right, so she works closely with The Reading Agency as an Ambassador for Reading Ahead, a programme designed to encourage adult literacy.
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04 Jun 2015
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A wonderful book about a group of women struggling to deal with life after World War One. Bright young things and disappointed hopes, it is a heady cocktail of love, class and beaded frocks. Her most accomplished novel yet — Daisy Goodwin
There are some seriously fab frocks in Adele Parks' latest novel. Dramatic and swooningly romantic, this is historical fiction with real heart — Marie Claire
[Adele Parks'] love of the era shines through in this big romantic tale — Woman & Home
A total smash — Heat
Want a moving and thought-provoking book about love to warm you up for Valentine's Day? Set in the roaring '20s after WW1, it tells the story of four women trying to find happiness despite tragedy — Look Magazine
You'll love the drama, the gorgeous dresses, grand houses and, in particular, the handsome but damaged love interest — Look Magazine
A wonderfully absorbing tale of friendship, rich in period detail — Stylist
A fantastic read — Fabulous Magazine