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The wedding of Thomas, an idealistic German architect, and Irene, an English artist, brings together the Curtius and Benson families. But their peace is soon shattered by the outbreak of war in Europe.While Irene struggles to survive in a country where she is the enemy, her sister Sophia faces the war as a nurse on the Western Front. For their brother Mark, diplomatic service sees him moving between London, Washington and Copenhagen, all the while struggling to confront his own identity. Against a backdrop of war and its aftermath relationships are tested, sacrifices are made and Irene and her siblings strive to find their place in an evolving world.
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Giles Waterfield is an independent curator and writer, the Director of Royal Collection Studies and Associate Lecturer at the Courtauld Institute of Art. He is a trustee of the Charleston Trust and a member of the National Trust Arts Panel and the Advisory Panel of the National Heritage Memorial Fund. He is also the author of three previous novels including The Long Afternoon which won the McKitterick Prize. He lives in London. www.gileswaterfield.comReview:
Instantly involving, full of drama, sadness and atmosphere - a wonderful read. * Woman and Home * [An] addictive family saga... Giles Waterfield writes with insight and compassion, and a deep love for the wonderful German culture that was nearly blotted out by the Nazis. -- Kate Saunders * The Times * [K]ept me spellbound... The book is written with Vermeer-like delicacy. Each scene is beautifully constructed with masterly restraint; much is left for the reader to intuit... Mr Waterfield's genius is to make us care for his characters as their world dissolves... As soon as I closed the book, I wanted to read it again. * Country Life * [A] spirited novel... explores notions of duty, love and betrayal through the prism of two families. * Literary Review * From the outset The Iron Necklace has all the ingredients you would expect from a sweeping dynastic World War story... a thoughtful, dispassionate look at how the war affected one family. * Belfast Telegraph *
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Book Description Allen & Unwin, 2015. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111760111511
Book Description Allen & Unwin, 1743. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1760111511