Poppy in the Field by Mary Hooper

Poppy in the Field

Written by Mary Hooper

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Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month, May 2015 A welcome return for Poppy, the brave young nurse in World War One. Poppy thinks her heart will break when she finds that Freddie whom she loves so much is to marry Philippa Cardew. Rather than mope at home, Poppy signs up to serve as a VAD nearer to the action of the war. Here the casualties are in a far worse state than in London and Poppy longs to help in any way she can. But first she must prove how useful she can be and overcome the view that VADs are not properly trained. With new work and new friends, Poppy flourishes and even gets over her broken heart! Mary Hooper captures the horrors of World War One, the bravery of those who served in all ways and, above all, the ups and downs of romance! ~ Julia Eccleshare

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Poppy in the Field by Mary Hooper

When Poppy learns that the love of her life, Freddie de Vere, is to marry someone else, she knows her heart will break. Devastated, she volunteers her nursing skills overseas to take her away from the painful reminders at home. But things are about to get much worse for Poppy. The journey to the hospital in Flanders is full of horrors, and when she arrives it is to find a spiteful ward Sister and unfriendly nurses. Despite her loneliness and homesickness, the dangers of frontline warfare soon make her forget her own troubles and Poppy finds that comfort for a broken heart can be found in the most unexpected places.

The moving and poignant sequel to Poppy picks up her story on the battlefields of Flanders. Brilliantly researched and inspired by real-life events, big and small, Poppy in the Field is a story about the forgotten bravery of women on the front line, told through the eyes of a young woman determined to play her part.


‘Mary Hooper is one of our finest writers of historical romance’ The Times

‘Hooper's storylines pack a 21st-century punch . . . historical fiction worthy of the genre’
Amanda Foreman, New York Times


‘The reigning queen of YA historical fiction turns her attention to the First World War for a sweepingly romantic adventure. Always a treat’ The Bookseller

‘This is the sort of book that I would have adored when I was twelve. Plucky girls, bravery, historical detail, wartime romance’ Angels & Urchins

‘A vivid and involving account of a VAD nurse in the First World War’ Literary Review

‘Poppy is no 21st-century heroine in period dress, she is a fully-realized girl from 1914 with the class assumptions and hopes and fears of that period. It’s extremely well done. Highly recommended’ Historical Novels Review

‘Mary Hooper’s novel explores different themes relevant to twenty-first century readers: war and its effects on soldiers and society, young love and class. Hooper expertly intertwines them to create a fantastic story’ The Teacher

‘Mary Hooper is one of the best writers of historical fiction for teens’ Parents in Touch

‘A fantastic piece of historical fiction. It's beautifully researched and readers will come away with a real understanding of the many ways in which the Great War changed life in Britain’ The Bookbag

‘Poppy is a perfect combination of fact and fiction for adults and young adults alike’ Books Monthly

‘This is a brilliant read with a real cliffhanger ending. I am desperate to read the sequel. 5 stars’ Bookbabblers

‘A richly entertaining story’ LoveReading4Kids

‘Poppy is an absorbing study in wartime stoicism, throbbing with war’s simultaneous terror and thrill’ Cuckoo Review

‘[Mary Hooper is] one of our best historical novelists’ Reading Zone

‘Both storylines, romantic and otherwise, had me glued to the book. The ending left me wanting more’ The Page Turner

‘A fantastic read. I read it in one sitting as it is such a page turner’ Ook Said the Librarian

‘You can always rely on Mary Hooper to pull an awesome and authentic historical fiction novel out of the bag’ Overflowing Library

About the Author

Mary Hooper

Says of herself: I was born in Barnes, South West London, which became expensive and trendy as soon as I left it. I often – nostalgically and rather lazily – use Barnes as a setting for my books. If I speak of a river then I’m thinking of the Thames, and if it’s a park or common then I picture Barnes Common. I was able to utilise all these local points and bring in Mortlake and Richmond, too, when I was writing two books about Queen Elizabeth I’s magician, Dr Dee, who lived in Mortlake.

I started working as a window dresser, but soon went into an office and – very valuable, this, for a writer – learned to type. One day I read a short story, thought that I could do better and sat down and wrote one. I sent it to Jackie, a teenage magazine, and much to my surprise sold it for £14. I was launched as a writer! I went on to write lots of short stories, and then serials, and eventually decided to write a book. At the time, there were hardly any books for teenagers, so I found getting published quite easy, but it’s very different now. I’ve written perhaps seventy or so books for children and young adults, most of them set in modern times, but as soon as I began writing historical novels I realised how much I loved doing this, and decided I didn’t want to write any more modern ones. No, not even any Megans!

I’m married to Richard and we live in Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire. I’ve still got a VW Beetle, but have upgraded it to a cabriolet version, which will be lovely when the weather improves and I can put the top down (if I can remember how to do it). My children are very grown up, my son is a writer and works for New Scientist and my daughter works for Microsoft - and has recently presented me with a gorgeous first grandson, Mackenzie. I look after him on Wednesdays so don’t ever bother me then! My hobbies are reading (of course), pottering around the house, painting furniture and being nosy (which goes with being a writer).

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288 pages
Interest Age: From 12


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Publication date

7th May 2015




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