Anna Franklin Osborne · Brilliant · debut novel · Emotional · gripping · review · Walking Wounded

UPDATE TECH ISSUES – Walking Wounded by Anna Franklin-Osborne @HomeOsborne

So there are some technical issues on Amazon at the moment folks, it appears to be saying that this brilliant book is out of stock, IT ISN’T!!!! You can still click on the  buy now button on Amazon or, you can pop over to Goose Wing Publications to order your copy!

Well, it seemed like today would the perfect day to share with you all my review of Anna’s debut novel, Walking Wounded, as it is based on her own ancestors experiences during the Second World War (this was supposed to be uploaded yesterday but I didn’t schedule it properly so please accept my apologies!!)

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The blurb . . .

Born at the end of the First World War, a young girl struggles to find her own identity in her big family and is pushed into a stormy marriage through a terrible misunderstanding from which her pride refuses to let her back down. As her own personal world begins to crumble, the foundation of the world around her is shaken as Germany once again declares war and her brothers and young husband sign up with the first wave of volunteers.
Walking Wounded tells the story of those left behind in a Blitz-ravaged London, and of the web of loyalty, guilt and duty that shapes the decisions of the women awaiting the return of their men-folk as the war draws to a close.
Spanning the period from the Armistice of the First World War to the exodus of the Ten Pound Poms to Australia in the 1950s, Walking Wounded is a family saga whose internal violence is mirrored by the world stage upon which it is set.

My thoughts . . .

This is such a wonderfully moving book, I spent a lot of it crying, and I think  this was down to the fact that this book is almost a true story.

Anna is a wonderful writer. It really is hard to believe that this is her debut novel!

This book had me hooked from the start, I love history, I love true stories and so this was an easy choice for me to make and I am beyond glad that I did. I really cannot stress how brilliant this book is! Anna brings the characters to life so brilliantly, she is an amazingly great writer and the story is completely engrossing and with only 156 pages it was easy to finish in one sitting, but I honestly think that it would have been read in one sitting even if it was twice as long!

The book follows the lives of a family still reeling from the First World War, when the Second thrusts them back into the most uncertain and testing times. We see the world from the point of view of the women left behind, struggling to hold it all together whilst their men are out there, fighting to save our great country.

Anna beautifully captures the essence of the era, the utter horror that our soldiers must have felt whilst at war, and the anguish that those left behind felt, is all there, it jumps off the pages and is just a pleasure to read (not the content, obviously the war was horrific but the way Anna writes about it is brilliant!)

I seriously cannot recommend this book enough, please, go and  it now. It is truly wonderful.

I’d like to thank Anna for my copy, I love it xx

 

About the author . . .

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I have always worked in health care, and more recently in education, and like so many other parents, hit a tiny crisis a few years ago when I felt that my purpose in life had narrowed to not an awful lot more than dashing between my two jobs and being a mummy taxi.

I managed to find time to begin singing with a choir, and that helped me feel that I might have a more creative side to myself. One evening, my husband was out and, quite suddenly, I decided to Start Writing. I immediately hit the first obstacles of terrible handwriting and a broken laptop, so my writing career began that night in bed, typing into the note section of my smart phone, with no clear idea of what I wanted to say but resulting in a severe case of RSI and several short stories over the next few nights.

My husband was delighted that I had suddenly found this passion and kept encouraging me to write a novel, which I really felt I did NOT have in me. Later that summer, however, we were walking along a D-Day beach for no other grander reason than our ferry home from France being late, and I began telling our kids about my three great-uncles who were part of that day, and my grandmother who sewed parachutes for the paratroopers jumping over Normandy. Neil looked at me and smiled and said, ‘you do actually have a story there, you know….’

Walking Wounded was written over a period of a year, on a tiny tablet which I bought specifically because it fitted into my handbag – as I said, ‘if it’s not with me at all times, this just won’t happen.’ I wrote every day in 10 minute bursts while I sat in the school car-park waiting for my daughter to emerge from school, I wrote parked outside ballet lessons and maths lessons, I wrote early in the mornings while everyone was asleep.

Walking Wounded is a war story and family saga, focusing on those left behind whilst their men folk went to war, how they survived and how their relationships evolved through periods of violence, loss and reunion. The main story is about May, a young woman struggling to find her own identity as the youngest in a large family, forced into a stormy marriage through a mistake she is too proud to admit, and explores the web of loyalty, guilt and duty that shaped the decisions of the women awaiting the return of their men-folk as WW2 draws to a close. Spanning the period from the Armistice of the Great War to the exodus of the Ten Pound Poms to Australia in the 1950s, its internal violence is mirrored by the world stage upon which it is set.

 

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