|I just finished the book, WAKE, and loved it. Waiting for your next one, Anna.... Rebecca||0||Nov 23, 2015|
t’s hard to believe this is a debut novel; Anna Hope’s prose is so accomplished, her plot so neatly but intriguingly drawn, and the details of the period so realistically rendered without seeming overbearing or forced. Indeed, it’s a masterclass in historical fiction, the like of which, outside the pages of a Sarah Waters novel, one rarely sees.
Anna Hope’s remarkable novel Wake is newly out in paperback, and I urge anyone who has not read it to get themselves a copy. I read this novel in hardback, something like eight months ago, it was May, the sun was shining and I began it sitting in my garden. As I began to read of the soldiers who in 1920 were tasked with the retrieval of the remains of the Unknown Soldier, the birds were in good voice, as if singing a little eulogy of their own.
Anna Hope studied English at Oxford, attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, and then received an M.A. in creative writing at Birkbeck. She lives in London.