In the brief golden years of King Edward VII's reign, Rosie McCosh
and her three sisters are growing up in an idyllic and eccentric
household in Kent, with their 'pals' the Pitt boys on one side of
the fence and the Pendennis boys on the other. But their days of
childhood innocence and adventure are destined to be followed by
the apocalypse that will overwhelm their world as they come to
adulthood. For Rosie, the path ahead is full of challenges: torn
between her love for two young men, her sense of duty and her will
to live her life to the full, she has to navigate her way through
extraordinary times. Can she, and her sisters, build new lives out
of the opportunities and devastations that follow the Great War?
Louis de Bernieres' magnificent and moving novel follows the lives
of an unforgettable cast of characters as the Edwardian age
disintegrates into the Great War, and they strike out to seek what
happiness can be salvaged from the ruins of the old world.