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Strange Meeting


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Returning to his battalion in France after a period of medical leave in England, John Hilliard, a young officer, finds his division almost unrecognisable. His commanding officer is an alcoholic, there is a new adjutant and several of his close friends have been killed. But there is David Barton. As yet untouched and unsullied by war, fresh-faced and radiating charm. As the pair approach the front line, bloodied by the deaths of their fellow soldiers, their friendship deepens. But as the reality of the violence sets in, the men know that they will soon be separated... A poignant novel on human love as war and the pity of war.
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A story of love and loss in wartime from master storyteller Susan Hill

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Susan Hill is a singular figure in the world of English letters. Her novels transcend many genres. Her ghost stories, The Man in the Picture, The Small Hand, Dolly and The Travelling Bag are all published by Profile Books. We also publish The Woman in Black in hardback. Her crime series featuring Simon Serrailler have been has been hugely successful. Her novels cover many sub-genres and have won the Somerset Maugham, John Llewellyn Rhys and Whitbread awards and she has been shortlisted for the Booker prize. Her two autobiographical literary memoirs Howard's End Is On The Landing and Jacob's Room Is Full Of Books (2017) are both published by Profile. Born in Scarborough, now living in Norfolk she has been an exceptional writer for more than 50 years.


Truly astonishing * Daily Telegraph * A remarkable feat of imaginative and descriptive writing * The Times * The feeling of men under appalling stress at a particular moment in history is communicated with almost uncanny power * Sunday Times *

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