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Critical Praise

“There is power in subtlety. This one is a stunner.”

—Martin Cruz Smith, author of TATIANA and GORKY PARK

“A haunting evocation, from an unusual angle, of the war that cast such a shadow over the whole 20th century. Jacqueline Winspear knows her native England, and the human heart, very well indeed.”

—Adam Hochschild, author of TO END ALL WARS: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion 1914-1918

“In THE CARE AND MANAGEMENT OF LIES the wonderfully talented Winspear writes irresistibly about the First World War, both in the trenches of France and the fields of England. Her richly complex characters walk right off the page and into our imaginations, as we fight with them, farm with them, cook with them. I devoured this dazzling novel.”

—Margot Livesey, author of THE FLIGHT OF GEMMA HARDY

“An engaging picture of the human spirit in a distant time of war, World War I, from the battlefields to the home front in an English village.”

—Herman Wouk, author of THE WINDS OF WAR and WAR AND REMEMBRANCE


—Good Housekeeping

“Fiction at once fresh and timeless, intimate and sweeping that chronicles the challenging friendship between a suffragist and a farmer’s wife...A rare stand-alone novel by the author of the beloved Maisie Dobbs series.”

—O, the Oprah Magazine

“Winspear’s fans should welcome the keen period detail and thoughtful tone so familiar from the Maisie Dobbs books, while historical fiction readers will be gripped by this sensitive portrayal of ordinary men and women on the home front and battlefield.”

—Library Journal

“Without questioning either the cause of the war or the dubious tactics employed...these characters simply get on with it, reaffirming our faith in the possibility of everyday nobility...A sad, beautifully written, contemplative testament.”

—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“In a stand-alone departure from her popular post-WWI mystery series featuring psychologist Maisie Dobbs, Winspear has created memorable characters in a moving, beautifully paced story of love and duty.”


“A winning stand-alone tale…While questioning war’s value and showing its terrible effects off the battlefield, Winspear fashions a stunning trajectory for her main characters.”

—Publishers Weekly