In Pale Battalions

In Pale Battalions

Book - 1998
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Random House, Inc.
Six months after her husband's sudden death, Leonora Galloway sets off for a holiday in Paris with her daughter Penelope.  At last the time has come when secrets can be shared and explanations begin...

Their journey starts with an unscheduled stop at the imposing Thiepval Memorial to the dead of the Battle of the Somme near Amiens.  Amongst those commemorated is Leonora's father.  The date of his death is recorded and 30th  April, 1916.  But Leonora wasn't born until 14th March 1917.

Penelope at once supposes a simple wartime illegitimacy as the clue to her mother's unhappy childhood and the family's sundered connections with her aristocratic heritage, about which she has always known so little.

But nothing could have prepared her, or the reader, for the extraordinary story that is about to unfold.

Spanning more than 50 years, this is a novel of dark secrets and extraordinary revelations. It starts when Leonora Galloway visits the war grave of her "father" and discovers that he was killed 11 months before she was born. The author's other books include "Into the Blue" and "Past Caring".

Publisher: Great Britian : Corgi Books, 1998
ISBN: 9780552132817
Characteristics: 393 p. : ill. ; cm


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dollfacecrafter Apr 18, 2014

most excellent book, he is a great story teller ! have not read a book yet by this author that I did not love

Oct 15, 2011

An intriguing drama that pulls the reader along its many twists and turns, with surprises awaiting the reader even up to the last pages of the book. I found it frustrating how long it took to spin out the whole story. I guess the author was trying to create suspense, but it just made me annoyed.

Sep 26, 2011

Very enjoyable mystery with good characters and atmosphere.

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