In Memoriam

In Memoriam

Fiction, General Fiction
Paperback Published on: 29/02/2024
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A gripping, heart-shattering love story between two soldiers in the First World War.

It's 1914, and talk of war feels far away to Henry Gaunt, Sidney Ellwood and the rest of their classmates, safely ensconced in their idyllic boarding school in the English countryside. At seventeen, they're too young to enlist, and anyway, Gaunt is fighting his own private battle - an all-consuming infatuation with his best friend, the dreamy, poetic Ellwood - not having a clue that Ellwood is in love with him, always has been. When Gaunt's German mother asks him to enlist as an officer in the British army to protect the family from anti-German attacks, Gaunt signs up immediately, relieved to escape his overwhelming feelings for Ellwood.

The front is horrific, of course, and though Gaunt tries to dissuade Ellwood from joining him on the battlefield, Ellwood soon rushes to join him, spurred on by his love of Greek heroes and romantic poetry. Before long, their classmates have followed suit. Once in the trenches, Ellwood and Gaunt find fleeting moments of solace in one another, but their friends are all dying, right in front of them, and at any moment they could be next.

An epic tale of both the devastating tragedies of war and the forbidden romance that blooms in its grip, In Memoriam is a breathtaking debut.

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780241567838
  • Number of pages: 400
  • Weight: 278g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 128 x 27 mm

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In Memoriam
A modern masterpiece
ny fans of history or indeed of romance novels; this is a beautiful romance novel but with a twist. Not only does it paint a very realistic image of the tr... READ MORE
Emma Hammill
In Memoriam
Beautifully written
Henry Gaunt and Sidney Ellwood are pupils at an English boarding school when the country finds itself on the brink of war in 1914. Gaunt's German mother as... READ MORE
Barnsey's Books
In Memoriam
Heartbreaking, brutal and beautiful.
“In Memoriam” is set in 1914, and centres around a group of friends from an elite public school, who enlist and fight in the Great War. Although, the story... READ MORE
Lucy Howard
In Memoriam
A classic
A devastating novel of love and loss during WW1. Beautifully written, exceptionally well researched - I simply couldn’t put it down, and keep returning to ... READ MORE
Laura Antolic
In Memoriam
A little gem
I couldn’t stop reading this book. The story will make you go through so many emotions throughout the book; and the way the war, the love story between El... READ MORE
In Memoriam
Not perfect, but very compelling
I was less persuaded than many other reviewers of this book's brilliance, but it certainly kept me turning the pages and the love story between Gaunt and E... READ MORE