A heartrending story of three women and the journey of the Unknown Warrior


The International prize-winning bestseller and Simon Mayo bookclub pick
'Powerful and humane' SADIE JONES, bestselling author of The Snakes
Remembrance Day 1920: A wartime secret connects three women's lives:

Hettie whose wounded brother won't speak.

Evelyn who still grieves for her lost lover.

And Ada, who has never received an official letter about her son's death, and is still waiting for him to come home.

As the mystery that binds them begins to unravel, far away, in the fields of France, the Unknown Soldier embarks on his journey home. The mood of the nation is turning towards the future - but can these three women ever let go of the past?
Readers' love WAKE by Anna Hope:

'Beautifully, written, compelling, very moving' 4 ****
'Engrossing and illuminating' 5 *****
' If you like a relationships novel with war backdrop, hard to find better' 4 ****
'An amazing achievment' 5 *****


  • A compelling and emotionally charged debut about the painful aftermath of war and the ways - small, brave or commonplace - that keep us going. It touches feelings we know, and settings - dance halls, war front, queues outside the grocer - that we don't. I loved it.

About the author

Anna Hope

ANNA HOPE studied at Oxford University and RADA. She is the internationally prizewinning and bestselling author of Wake and The Ballroom. Her contemporary fiction debut, Expectation, explores themes of love, lust, motherhood, and feminism, while asking the greater question of what defines a generation. She lives in Sussex with her husband and young daughter.
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