This is a beautifully written book (25 years after Frances Liardet’s first novel) which explores the human emotions of parental love, courage, kindness and friendship told through the story of Ellen Parr and the little girl she finds asleep, unclaimed at the back of a bus fleeing the Blitz in Southampton. As she sets eyes on Pamela, everything Ellen once believed in is brought into question.
Alongside the story line the author has a wonderful eye for detail, skilfully taking us through the passage of time with some things staying just the same whilst others changing almost beyond recognition.
Above all We Must Be Brave is a powerful novel about the ways we rescue one other and remains a gripping read right until the last page.
Let’s hope we don’t have to wait another 25 years for Liardet’s next!
Book review: Nikki Morris, CEO, Age UK Camden
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers