The Faithful

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What to expect

‘A wonderful writer’ – Jessie Burton, author of The Miniaturist

As Britain is pulled towards war, the secrets within two families threaten to tear them apart, in the outstanding novel from Juliet West, The Faithful . . .

July 1935. In the village of Aldwick on the Sussex coast, sixteen-year-old Hazel faces a long, dull summer with just her self-centred mother Francine for company. But then Francine decamps to London with her lover Charles, Oswald Mosley’s blackshirts arrive in Aldwick, and Hazel’s summer suddenly becomes more interesting. She finds herself befriended by two very different people: Lucia, an upper-class blackshirt, passionate about the cause; and Tom, a young working-class boy, increasingly scornful of Mosley’s rhetoric. In the end, though, it is Tom who wins Hazel’s heart – and Hazel who breaks his.

Autumn 1936. Now living in London, Hazel has grown up fast over the past year. But an encounter with Tom sends her into freefall. He must never know why she cut off all contact last summer, betraying the promises they’d made. Yet Hazel isn’t the only one with secrets. Nor is she the only one with a reason to keep the two of them apart . . .

From the beaches of Sussex to the battlefields of civil war Spain, The Faithful is a rich and gripping tale of love, deception and desire.

Critics Review

  • A wonderful writer

    Jessie Burton, author of The Miniaturist
  • Made me miss my stop on the tube . . .

    Lissa Evans, author of Crooked Heart
  • My favourite Great War novel . . . Incredible writing

    Joanna Cannon, author of The Trouble with Goats and Sheep, on Before the Fall
  • A vivid, compelling tale of confused loyalties, compromises and consequences

    Suzannah Dunn, author of The Sixth Wife and The Confession of Katherine Howard
  • The Faithful is about many things . . . but mostly it is about love. Juliet West knows how to create an evocative sense of time and place, and then fill it with the most interesting characters, and finally, deliver a story that kept me guessing. I loved it

    Claire Fuller, author of Our Endless Numbered Days and Swimming Lessons
  • A rich, multi-layered story of love, loss and conflict . . . At once heartbreaking and full of hope

    Isabel Ashdown, author of Little Sister

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