Now all roads lead to France and heavy is the tread
Of the living; but the dead returning lightly dance.
Edward Thomas, Roads

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Jacqueline Winspear Tells Us About Her New World War I Novel


  1. I always look forward to a new title from Jackie Winspear, and I applaud her for exploring a new direction. (I know there will be AT LEAST one more Maisie novel, as the end of her story has not yet been told.) Ms. Winspear has a wonderful facility in developing characters, through their physical description, language, movement, relationship with others, things like objects or events or memories that are important to them, and small, telling, details that make them unique. Indeed, I guess you could say she looks with a detective's eye and heart. I am looking forward to reading about the emotional and material lives of the three protagonists in the new novel.

  2. Interesting approach. A novel about the art of propaganda. Food for thought.

  3. Jackie Winspear is correct about the importance of food to an army in battle. I recall that as young officers we studied tactics at the company and battalion levels and in the many hypothetical attack or defensive situations we would jokingly comment; the answer is, "two up (companies or regiments to the enemy line of battle) and a hot meal". That answer was essentially always correct.