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Harriet and Emilie

CRT Fiction Book of the Year 2023



Format: Paperback

Size: 216mm x 140mm

Pages: 160

Release Date: June 2022

Price: £10.99

ISBN: 9781915046246


A first world war drama featuring the story of an upper-class girl and the daughter of a German servant. Young Lady Harriet is fairly imperious, makes friends with Emilie, whose mother is the cook, when the war intervenes in their lives. Emilie and her mother return to Germany. Later, Harriet volunteers for the VAD (Voluntary Aid Detachment) and finishes up nursing the wounded in France, including the cousin of her childhood friend, with whom she falls in love and marries. There is a subplot of romance between Miss Abigail Grey, the Christian governess turned nurse, and Harriet’s brother.


Eleanor Watkins is author of over fifty books, mostly fiction for children from first readers to YA, also a recent memoir of her own childhood, Blue Remembered Hills, and an adult novel based on her own life, To Everything a Time.  She lives with her husband in an old farmhouse overlooking the Wye Valley and the 'book town' of Hay-on-Wye and they have four adult children, five grandchildren and a great-granddaughter. Eleanor enjoys reading, the natural world and countryside and meeting people.  She especially enjoys reading and writing historical fiction.

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