THE GUNNER GIRL by Clare Harvey
IF WAR STEALS YOUR PAST, COULD FRIENDSHIP FORGE YOUR FUTURE?
It is winter 1941. Teenage Vanessa loses her entire family when her home is bombed before her very eyes. Traumatised, she seizes her admired older sister Joan’s identity papers and joins the army in her stead. This sets in motion a chain of events whereby she is recognised for her abilities but becomes steeped in deceit and subterfuge. In a plot that expertly weaves Vanessa’s journey with her fellow girl soldiers Edie and Bea, this original debut deftly combines romance, tragedy and coming-of-age stories, set against a backdrop of wartime London.
The Gunner Girl is the Winner of the 2014 Exeter Novel Prize.