22 Britannia Road

Britannia Road A tour de force that echoes modern classics like Suite Francaise and The Postmistress Housekeeper or housewife the soldier asks Silvana as she and eight year old Aurek board the ship that will take th
  • Title: 22 Britannia Road
  • Author: Amanda Hodgkinson
  • ISBN: 9781101514085
  • Page: 352
  • Format: ebook
  • 22 Britannia Road
    A tour de force that echoes modern classics like Suite Francaise and The Postmistress Housekeeper or housewife the soldier asks Silvana as she and eight year old Aurek board the ship that will take them from Poland to England at the end of World War II There her husband, Janusz, is already waiting for them at the little house at 22 Britannia Road But the war hasA tour de force that echoes modern classics like Suite Francaise and The Postmistress Housekeeper or housewife the soldier asks Silvana as she and eight year old Aurek board the ship that will take them from Poland to England at the end of World War II There her husband, Janusz, is already waiting for them at the little house at 22 Britannia Road But the war has changed them all so utterly that they ll barely recognize one another when they are reunited Survivor, she answers Silvana and Aurek spent the war hiding in the forests of Poland Wild, almost feral Aurek doesn t know how to tie his own shoes or sleep in a bed Janusz is an Englishman now determined to forget Poland, forget his own ghosts from the way, and begin a new life as a proper English family But for Silvana, who cannot escape the painful memory of a shattering wartime act, forgetting is not a possibility One of the most searing debuts to come along in years, 22 Britannia Road
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    Amanda Hodgkinson is an award winning British novelist Her debut novel 22 Britannia Road was an international bestseller, an book of the year 2011, a Choice Award Best Historical Fiction nominee and was published in over sixteen languages Spilt Milk is her critically acclaimed second novel published in 2014 Spilt Milk is a refracted version of real life, that impossible mess we inherit and muddle through, yet transmuted here into something shining and meaningful, told in beautiful prose THE FINANCIAL TIMES In July 2014, Berkeley Penguin Books published a novella TIN TOWN by Amanda in Grand Central Ten bestselling novelists have put together this collection of original stories of postwar love and reunion.Amanda loves to travel, cook, garden and swim but not all at the same time She currently lives in the UK in an old stone cottage high on a hill in the middle of National Trust parkland Lots of trees

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  • She is made of the thinnest eggshell, her toughness a veneer That is the way Janusz describes his wife Silvana as he embraces her the scene is about two thirds through the book and seems to be the first insightful thing he thinks about her I chose this book from the Vine program because it sounded like a wonderful, moving premise for a novel, but I was disappointed I expected it to be sad, but I also expected to feel for and empathize with characters who have been through so much I found I just [...]


  • Audiobook narrated by Robin SachsAt the end of World War II, Silvana and her seven year old son Aurek board a ship that will take them to England, where her husband, Janusz, waits for them As the war escalated, he had joined the Polish Army, leaving his wife and infant son behind Then Warsaw was bombed and Silvana fled to the forest with Aurek Now he has settled in England He wants nothing than for them to become a proper English family, with a normal life in the small house at 22 Britannia Roa [...]


  • 22 Britannia Road was most definitely a pleasant surprise for me There are so many books out there relating to WWII and sometimes I think there can possibly be any to contemplate regarding WWII, but, again, this book has proven me wrong The scope of people affected by WWII is hard to grasp, but definitely a reality.In this story, a newlywed couple and there infant son are separated when Poland is invaded by German forces and must go to war to keep their country Janusz, the father, is required to [...]


  • Ex AS perating Could have been so much .The writing was actually decent enough that I could have given it three stars, but by the time I got to the end I was tearing my hair out in frustration at what she chose to include and what she chose to leave out of the story I was left with a feeling of pointlessness 2.5 stars


  • Silvana and seven year old Aurek are reunited with Janusz, her husband, after World War II He has settled in England after the war, and his family was found in a refugee camp Silvana and Janusz have been through separate terrible wartime experiences when Poland was invaded by both German and Russian soldiers Janusz traveled to safe houses to finally get to England Silvana and Aurek lived in the forests of Poland, and Aurek has only known a wild existence Their adjustment is difficult, and the se [...]


  • Poor little gorgeous prose, it deserved a better book.Beside the solid flowing writing, there is absolutely anything worth remembering about this book Though WW2 is on of my favorite settings for historical fiction and the premise it s pretty powerful, the execution lacks in all aspects It is slow, boring to the core, painfully predictable and basically pointless And the characters are the absolute worst, they might actually be the most useless hero heroine ever to be written They don t do anyth [...]


  • 1.99 on I thought this was a powerful debut by Hodgkinson I enjoyed reading about the struggles of Polish refugees during and after WWII It moved at a good pace and kept me interested.


  • Reviewed at Novel EscapesThe portrayal of World War II in 22 Britannia Road doesn t hold back, which I really appreciated, but unfortunately I found it came across as emotionally stilted which maybe was the point These were characters hardened by war and had lived through torturous years apart when the war separated the recently married couple But I still couldn t help wanting I wanted to empathize and root for these characters and their relationship, but didn t seem to be able to Unfortunately [...]


  • The 22 Britannia Road of the title is the destination for a young family destroyed by WWII Silvana and Janusz Nowak and their 8 year old son Aurek are Polish refugees When the novel begins it s 1946 and they are all about to start a new, picket fence life in England They have been separated since 1939 when Janusz left his wife and son to fight for Poland against the Germans Each of these spouses then spent the next seven years struggling with the choices that would keep them alive Once the war b [...]


  • First sentence The boy was everything to her.I swore no World War II books for a long while This book just kept crossing my path here and there so I finally requested it from the library It s a bit different than many of the other stories focusing on the war In this story the war is over and the husband, wife and small son are together again after being apart for six years Their experiences during the war are horrible yet it s told in such a manner that I understood each of their behaviors This [...]


  • This is such a wonderfully written first novel I just read it a second time cover to cover , before hosting a dinner with the author and some Bay area booksellers It s less of a WWII story than a story of what happens after the war If you enjoy books like Sarah s Key, Book Thief, and even the new YA novel, Between Shades of Gray, you ll like this one This one s gaining fans and buzz among independent booksellers across the country


  • This remarkable book chronicles the struggle of a Polish woman to make a new life for herself and her son in England in the aftermath of World War II But her life is crippled by questions Can she overcome the horrors she has been through to reunite with her husband whom it now seems she barely knows And what really happened during the war Original, memorable and heartfelt.


  • Currently I search for books about World War II and impact of it on what Tom Brokaw dubbed, The Greatest Generation In my quest, I search for books that look at different aspects, countries and ethnic groups impacted by this war 22 Britannia Road by Amanda Hodgkinson has a similar tone to another book I recently enjoyed, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet Since my weakness is history, I am joyful when I learn something new about history that escaped my limited education.Janusz Nowak and his [...]


  • I remember the first time I actually saw this book in my local bookstore It called out to me Maybe it was the picture on the front page, maybe it was the title I am not quite sure, because I am not very found of books that are set in the war I left the book in the bookshop But every other visit it kept calling to me So eventually I actually took it home with me and boy am I glad I did This is one of the best books I read this year Sure the book is about the war But at the same time it isn t This [...]


  • This is a powerful and moving, but sad story about a family torn apart by war The story moves back and forth in time pre WWII, during the war, and after the war , location Poland, France, crossing the channel, and England and between three characters wife mother, husband father and child son Despite the fact that the story involves very painful topics death of family members, rape, loss of loved ones, separation, witnessing violent deaths, etc the story was not depressing I won this book from Fi [...]


  • I ve read a number of books set during the onset and duration of World War many of them focus on The Holocaust or the United States involvement in the war 22 Britannia Road takes a different approach in the story of Janusz, Silvana and their son Aurek.The novel opens with the reunion of the little family six years after they were separated in 1940 when the Germans Army invaded their homeland of Poland This reunion is not a joyous Hollywood style meeting After so many years apart the two are virt [...]


  • This book is just out and as it is a WWII era story I had to read it It was a good story but didn t grab at me enough to give it a four I would give it like a 3.5 It is another sad story about war and how it can so destroy people, both physically and emotionally.This book centers around two Polish survivors of the German invasion of Poland Living in Warsaw and happily married with a baby boy named Aurek, Silvana and Janusz seem to be on their way to a promising life Until the Germans invade Pol [...]


  • War destroys lives People make choices that don t always make sense And most of us would do whatever they could to survive When Poland is invaded Janusz leaves to join the Army and makes absolutely no preparations for his wife and newborn He does not get them to his parents He just leaves Silvana seems to go into some type of protective shell and does nothing It reminded me of when I was diagnosed with cancer Somehow your mind shuts down and you hear people but they sound so far off not really c [...]


  • This author will be running a writers workshop I m attending in October and I was very eager to read her debut novel The verdict Well, it was good But not great I enjoyed it, but I wasn t engrossed by it There were no images that will forever stick with me, which was a little annoying considering the multitude of opportunities her plot gave her for strong imagery She seems to write faster than I do, which isn t necessarily a bad thing, but some incredibly intense moments lost a lot of their impa [...]


  • Really loved this book It s so difficult to believe that this is a debut novel, the author shows such deftness of touch in telling the story of the reunited Polish family in Ipswich after the war I read the book in two sittings and found it absolutely unputdownable, so involved did I get with the stories of Janusz, Silvana and Aurek There are passages telling of the most horrifying privation and wartime cruelty and tragedy, set against the domestic detail of resuming life in Ipswich and their at [...]





  • This is a wonderful book, I felt like I was in a movie theatre, just sitting back and enjoying the story I kept imagining a very young Meryl Streep as Silvania This book is set in 1946 in England but has flashbacks to Poland during WWII The flashbacks were handled flawlessly so you always knew which character and what place you were going back to The book opens with Janusz, a Polish immigrant to England trying to immerse himself in English culture and customs He desparately wanted to fit in and [...]


  • Here is a warning do not read 22 Britannia Road if you want something light and entertaining Don t read it if you prefer not to think about a book.Amanda Hodgkinson creates some memorable, if occasionally completely unlikeable, characters in 22 Britannia Road The book opens with Janusz waiting at Victoria Station for his wife and son, some time after the end of WWII Both husband and wife have changed deeply since the war, and it has been six years since they ve seen each other During that time, [...]


  • I love to read novels set in postwar England When I read the back cover of this book while I browsed through the books at a discount warehouse store, I could not resist buying it The book is advertised as the debut work by Amanda Hodgkinson Reviews compared it to Sarah s Key and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society I would have to disagree You may be fans of those books, but I m not sure you would enjoy this book as much as those.The novel tells the story of a Polish couple who were sep [...]


  • I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher.Regular followers of my reviews know that I have a soft spot for certain types of books family dramas with a mystery or two, books filled with magical realism, and lately WWII dramas Perhaps this is because there have been quite a few excellent WWII era novels in the past few years such as THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY, THE POSTMISTRESS and BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY Amanda Hodgkinson offers us a new novel in this particu [...]


  • I won this book as a First Reads book from.This book is about a young Polish couple who fall in love right before WWII begins They get married and Silvana becomes pregnant and gives birth to a boy named Aurek Janusz is her husband and soon after his son is born, he leaves to join up with the army On his way to his post, the train he is riding on comes under fire from the Germans The Germans open fire on the to be soldiers that are taking a break outside the train Janusz hits his head on a rock a [...]


  • I wanted to like this book , but I just couldn t I would really give this 1 1 2 stars, but I can t rate in halves, so I rounded up What I liked most was the writing The writing was lovely, some of the lines were poetic and striking The writing itself was so beautiful, the reader almost forgot that there really wasn t much to inspire in the subjects I guess my problem is usually when I read war stories , I am inspired by what the people lived through and how they pulled themselves up and above al [...]


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