AUTHOR = PAMELA RUSHBY
GENRE = WW1, WOMEN IN WAR, ROMANCE, GROWING UP
INTEREST LEVEL = YEARS 7-9
Flora is a young Australian girl accompanying her Father on an archaeological dig in Egypt in 1915. Having travelled to Cairo with her father for many years, she is well used to the heat, the dust and the Egyptian food but this year is different. The war in Europe is encroaching on the sands of Egypt and Flora finds that even for an archaeologist’s daughter this means change: there are fewer parties and pretty dresses and more bandages and cups of tea with young men who are leaving for the war front. More dramatically, when these young men return injured, Flora must deal with the smell, the bloody wounds and the suffering.
For readers interested in the role of women role during war-time, this book will make an interesting read. Certainly, the role of Australian civilians in Egypt is an unusual perspective for a book about ww1 and the description of Egyptian life, and life for a young woman in the early days of the war, will intrigue many.
Some may find the Flora’s romantic entanglements less credible but they are sure to enjoy her bold spirit and determination.
This book was chosen as a Notable book in the Older Readers section of the CBCA awards (2014).
Recommended (dma) ****