Rachel Hore

Glorious Mud

At Break of Day

By

Virago 390pp £16.99 order from our bookshop

The Lie

By

Hutchinson 294pp £14.99 order from our bookshop

A bumper crop of books to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War has started to fill our bookshops. These two novels are among the first fictional fruits and they set a high standard. Elizabeth Speller takes the more traditional approach. A powerful storyteller, she follows the individual trajectories of four young men, one French, three English, from 1913 until her climactic drama in 1916, the opening day of the Battle of the Somme.

Follow Literary Review on Twitter

  • Last Tweets

    • . is next week! The programme is excellent and there are free copies of Literary Review, to boot! ,
    • 'Britain's spy chief in the Congo replied to a fellow peer who asked her whether SIS played any part in its prime m… ,
    • This month Lucy Popescu covers the plight of poet Galal El-Behairy and activist Wael Abbas in Egypt's crack-down on… ,
    • 'I fear that defending an 18th-century agrarian economist against – well, against whom exactly? – is not the best u… ,
    • 'He lacks empathy with all but the wealthy and has no grasp of the struggles faced by the majority of his concitoye… ,
    • Here's Richard Vinen's review of A Certain Idea of France by Julian Jackson: ,
    • RT : James Crabtree's 'Billionaire Raj' - my review for . "...For sheer chutzpah, India’s billionaires provid… ,