A debut novel set in 1944 war-torn Czechoslovakia amid the extreme privations of a prisoner of war camp. Based on a true story, passion, heroism and a love that transcends overwhelming odds.
Maggie Brookes is an ex-journalist and BBC TV documentary producer, turned poet and novelist. She's also an associate professor at Middlesex University, and an advisory fellow of the Royal Literary Fund. The Prisoner's Wife is based on a true story told to her in a lift, by a World War II prisoner of war. Maggie visited Czechoslovakia, Poland and Germany as part of her research for the book, uncovering largely forgotten aspects of the war. Although the story can be harrowing at times, it's also about the power of friendship and of love.
An absorbing and engaging tale of wartime bravery and
endurance. Bill and Izabela are such tenderly drawn
characters...I loved it! * Rachel Hore, author of Last
Letter Home and The Memory Garden *
A deeply moving and compelling read... A heart-rending story beautifully told. * Judith Allnat, author of The Poet's Wife and The Silk Factory *
Heart-wrenching' * Woman & Home *
Based on the experiences of real people and real events, The Prisoner's Wife seamlessly and skilfully breathes intense, fully realised life into the stark scenes it describes. The author shows us love's ability to inspire the deepest devotion as well as acts of unimaginable sacrifice and bravery. I was by turns moved, outraged and humbled. * Deborah Kay Davies, author of True Things About Me *
...A powerful love story that exquisitely depicts the courage and strength of the human spirit in the face of the tremendous cost of war. * Chanel Cleeton, New York Times bestselling author The Last Train to Key West *