Does marrying a soldier actually mean marrying the regiment? The topical new novel from this Number One bestselling author.
Very few inhabitants of the Sardinian village of Abacrasta (not to be found on map or in encyclopaedia), survive to old age. By tradition they are fated to take their own lives, with belts or ropes, having heard the Voice (‘Ajo! Get ready, your time has come!’) telling them to prepare to die.
This remarkable novel, incredibly inventive and stunningly written, tells the stories of the Abacrastians, of their lives and remarkable deaths, in a series of tales that feel as though they are written by Marquez and Patrcik Suskind, working as a team. The book isn’t really quite like anything else, but it is the stuff of which cults are made…
“Written with all Trollope's customary skill and panache, this is an absorbing look at the modern military wife who no longer automatically follows the drum”
“Nobody understands the snags and frustrations of family life better than Joanna Trollope. She also captures the dangerous pressure points in relationships, the steady build-up of tension, the exact moment when the family fur might really start to fly”
“Trollope is on top form, hitting the zeitgeist with this perceptive and compassionate inside story of an army marriage”
Woman & Home
“The Soldier's Wife is a cracking read and has clearly been thoroughly researched. All the little details which animate a novel ring true... compassionate, humourous and topical”
“Trollope is always immensely readable, managing to depict characters' inner turmoil with deft, artful simplicity. Here, she brings her emotionally acute eye to bear on army life”
Henry Sutton, Daily Mirror
“With her stories about the tensions of middle-class families, Trollope consistently picks women's-page issues. In The Soldier's Wife, she continues to explore the power balance in relationships and whether it's possible to be happy if we subjugate our desires to someone else”
Kati Nicholl, Daily Express
“A thoughtful, even challenging, writer”
Max Davidson, Mail on Sunday
“As always, Joanna Trollope sucks you into the story; as always, she pins people's emotions with deft details.”