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Women’s roles in the First World War need to be told as frequently as possible. Mary Hooper’s Poppy combines a brilliant insight into how utterly and dramatically the lives of women changed during the conflict as attitudes altered and old social hierarchies were overturned and with a heart-warming romance. How the war affected a girl like Poppy and how she is changed by it is a richly entertaining story.
Follow Poppy as she travels to Flanders as a nurse on the front line in the sequel Poppy in the Field.
Poppy is young, beautiful and clever - and working as a parlourmaid in the de Vere family's country house. Society, it seems, has already carved out her destiny. But Poppy's life is about to be thrown dramatically off course. The first reason is love - with someone forbidden, who could never, ever marry a girl like her. The second reason is war. As the lists of the dead and wounded grow longer, Poppy must do whatever she can to help the injured soldiers, knowing all the while that her own soldier may never return home...
There is a interesting and useful reading guide to accompany this book which you can download here.
Mary Hooper is one of our finest writers of historical romance -- Amanda Craig The Times
Mary Hooper's storylines pack a 21st-century punch ... historical fiction worthy of the genre -- Amanda Foreman New York Times
Mary Hooper's historical novels are some of the best I have ever read The Book Bug
When it comes to YA Historical Fiction Mary Hooper reigns supreme Luna's Little Library
Praise for Fallen Grace,
An exceptional novel ... Not since Philip Pullman's The Ruby in the Smoke has there been such a gorgeous evocation of Victorian life - or so satisfying a conclusion The Times
Praise for Velvet,
Romance, intrigue and period detail weave their magic together in this dark and dazzling tale TBK magazine
Praise for The Disgrace of Kitty Grey,
This wonderfully atmospheric story, set in Victorian London, will draw in teenage girls with its blend of sadness, hardship and redemption ... A sensitive and tautly-plotted novel, intelligently told Daily Mail
Richly atmospheric, romantic and thrilling, Hooper just gets better and better Bookseller
Superb ... Hooper is a wise and charming writer Literary Review
|Publication date:||8th May 2014|
|Publisher:||Bloomsbury Childrens an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC|
|Suitable for:||13+ readers, YA readers|
|Other Categories:||The First World War|
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 ...More About Mary Hooper