Tuesday, 23 June 2015

World War I Through the Eyes of a Young Woman

Published tomorrow June 24th 2015

NZ Writer

Anna Mackenzie  Evie’s War  

Random House 2015   $19.99pb  304pp  
ISBN 978 1 7755 3766 3  
Themes:  Diaries/ Edwardian Social Attitudes/ Women in Wartime/ Women’s Rights Movement UK 1914-18/ World War I- 1914-1918

Evie, aged 18, arriving in England just before the start of World War I had expectations of the Grand Overseas Tour –the British Isles, then off to Europe all with her very conventional family. However, the outbreak of war means there is to be no touring and soon Evie, and much against the wishes of her family, is working as a VAD looking after wounded soldiers in a local hospital and later as a driver for a casualty clearing station in Belgium not far from the Front Line. Although there are many descriptions of the soldiers whose terrible wounds, both mental and physical, Evie has to attend to, the story does not focus on them. It is the detailed story told in short diary entries, of the war from a young woman’s point of view and is most meticulously researched and additively presented.

Highly Recommended.

Year 9 up/ Age 13 up – to adult readers.     

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