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Rachel Billington
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Orion Books
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'I wonder who chose the word 'glory',' murmured Arthur.
'You mean there's nothing very glorious about war.' The Major smiled. 'People expect words like glory. I do myself.'

'Oh, I'm not against it. There were glorious deeds performed.'

The fields and gulleys of Gallipoli are thickly scattered with bullets, shrapnel and the bones of the fallen. Arthur Lamb stands alone, overlooking the bay. Fed on dreams of glory, he volunteered to fight for his country and found himself far away on Turkish soil. Arthur's fiance, Sylvia, began the war comfortably at home in England but, restless for change, became a nurse travelling to Malta and Egypt where her father, a Brigadier-General, waits in reserve with his yeomanry. Fred Chaffey, a rebellious country boy, joins the army in the hope that war will bring him the excitement he craves.

Three lives torn apart by the strangest campaign of WWI. Three people finding a way through this war of devastating proportions. Three people testing the strength of relationships forged in wartime.

Glory is the story of the men and women of Gallipoli and the tragic events of 1915. Of the determination to survive, the love stories enduring across the war-torn miles, the decisions cast, the errors made and the dark reality of the heroic dream.

In a narrative both gripping and moving, Rachel Billington uses detailed research to bring alive the twists and turns of the Gallipoli campaign. It is the story of futures changed forever, as the echoes of the Great War ring loud through the years.

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Rachel Billington has published twenty novels and nine books for children, as well as several non-fiction works. She is also a regular journalist, feature writer and reviewer. She is co-editor of Inside Time, the national newspaper for prisoners and a Vice-President of English PEN. She has four children and five grandchildren and lives in London and Dorset.

Many lives were changed irrevocably by the 1915 Battle of Gallipoli. Inspired by her grandfather's experiences, Billington focuses on the battle's impact on a young woman and two soldiers in this heart-wrenching novel of loss, love and survival

Billington vividly creates the doomed [Gallipoli] campaign with its incompetent generals, bullish politicians and sacrificial soldiers ... a clever, insightful and always readable book

Billington's grandfather was killed at Suvla Bay in August 1915, and this piece of family tragedy invests her epic and gripping novel with added poignancy

Glory is as near to a British 'War and Peace' as any contemporary novelist is likely to come
THE SPECTATOR - Bevis Hillier

From the troops amidst the horrors of battle to those at home forced to look on helplessly, people suffered but performed great deeds. Their stories, and the precious written legacy of Billington's grandfather, are beautifully preserved in this fine and frank evocation of British wartime spirit.

Meticulously researched, and written with elegance and sensitivity, the novel describes 'the suicidal mission' in which so many fought and died in vain.

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World War, 1914-1918 - Campaigns - Turkey - Gallipoli Peninsula - Fiction.|Historical fiction.
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