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In Memoriam

In Memoriam

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Author: Alice Winn

c 1914 to c 1918 (including WW1) | Of specific Gay & Lesbian interest | First World War fiction | Historical romance | Historical fiction

Published on 29th February 2024 by Penguin Books Ltd in the United Kingdom.

Paperback / softback | 400 pages
197mm x 128mm x 23mm | 280g

WINNER OF THE WATERSTONES NOVEL OF THE YEAR PRIZE 2023It was only because Gaunt knew he might die, that he could be so reckless as to kiss him.

Assured, affecting and moving. Alice Winn has written a devastating love story between two young men on the Western Front MAGGIE OFARRELL, BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF HAMNETIn 1914, war feels far away to Henry Gaunt and Sidney Ellwood. Theyre too young to enlist, and anyway, Gaunt is fighting his own private battle - an all-consuming infatuation with the dreamy, poetic Ellwood - not having a clue that his best friend is in love with him, always has been.

When Gaunts mother asks him to enlist in the British army to protect the family from anti-German attacks, he signs up immediately, relieved to escape his overwhelming feelings. But Ellwood and their classmates soon follow him into the horrors of trenches. Though Ellwood and Gaunt find fleeting moments of solace in one another, their friends are dying in front of them, and at any moment they could be next.

An epic tale of the devastating tragedies of war and the forbidden romance that blooms in its grip, In Memoriam is a breathtaking debut.

THE TOP FIVE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER, March 2023One of the best debuts Ive read in recent years: immersive, rousing, tender and devastating . . . please rush out and buy it ELIZABETH DAYBIRDSONG for a new generation JOANNA QUINN, AUTHOR OF THE WHALEBONE THEATRELike looking at a black and white photograph which has been colourised . . . I was completely absorbed, moved, and transported CLAIRE FULLER, AUTHOR OF UNSETTLED GROUNDWhen was the last time characters in a novel seemed so real to me, so cherishable, so alive? GARTH GREENWELL, AUTHOR OF CLEANNESS and WHAT BELONGS TO YOUA vivid rendering of love and frontline brutality in the first world war . . . In Memoriam is at once epic and intimate, humorous and profound, a vivid rendering of the madness and legacy of the first world war as seen through the lens of a schoolboy love affair ObserverA tender, affecting debut . . . Winn strikingly evokes the torment and brutality of life of the front The TimesPropulsive, visceral and heartrending . . . I cant remember the last time I was this invested in a love story Sunday TelegraphA genuine page-turner Sunday TimesIn Memoriam is gripping, tender, immersive and, most of all, completely unforgettable i, Fiction Pick of the MonthAlice Winns devastating debut will smash your heart to smithereens . . . as thousands of young men die in the most horrific of ways, Gaunt and Ellwood attempt to survive the slaughter and keep their love alive Daily MailIN MEMORIAM is the story of a great tragedy, but it is also a moving portrait of young love, and there is often a lightness to the book, even humor. Its a difficult balancing act, but one that Winn, who is erudite, fast talking and very funny, pulls off New York Times

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