Every once in a while comes a novel that generates its own success, simply by being loved. The Times Birdsong for the new millennium Tatler Powerful, sometimes shocking, boldly conceived, it fixes on wars lingering trauma to show how people adapt or not and is irradiated by anger and pity The Sunday Times [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 Unmissable in crisp poignant prose Young explores what war really means in terms of mental anguish, while cleverly commenting on class and sex Marie Claire Weaving heartbreakingly painful irony, heroic sacrifice, human weakness, vanity, tragedy and the purest of loves, youll be left sobbing and grasping onto any hope that all is not lost amid the poppies, the guns and the hospital beds Easy Living A memorable and unusual novel which explores new ground in the literature of the Great War Linda Grant This novel is a triumph Elizabeth Jane Howard Young has a historians eye for the private details of war, and a warmth to her prose that makes her small cast emotionally engaging Through Riley, however, the novel achieves an appeal to compassion and courage that deserves to reach a wide audience Hindsight tells us peace will not be final, but Young conveys, beautifully, the universal wish that it might be Independent Beautifully realised Daily Express Masterfully conveyed Woman & Home Full of drama, betrayal and addictive real-life detail Red This is a moving and powerful novel, one youre not likely to forget Choice A book that should be read by everyone New Books
Louisa Young was born in London. She was for many years a freelance journalist, working mostly for the motorcycle press, for Marie Claire and for the Guardian. She has travelled widely and published ten books. She lives in London and Italy with her daughter. She is the adult half of Zizou Corder, authors of the best-selling Lionboy trilogy, which is published in 36 languages.