The Poppy Factory

  • by Liz Trenow
  • Narrated by Maggie Mash
  • 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A captivating story of two young women, bound together by the tragedy of two very different wars. Perfect for fans of Katie Flynn and Maureen Lee.With the end of the First World War, Rose is looking forward to welcoming home her beloved husband, Alfie, from the battlefields. But his return is not what Rose had expected. Traumatised by what he has seen, the Alfie who comes home is a different man to the one Rose married. As he struggles to cope with life in peacetime, Rose wrestles with temptation as the man she fell in love with seems lost forever.
Many years later, Jess returns from her final tour of Afghanistan. Haunted by nightmares from her time at the front, her longed-for homecoming is a disaster and she wonders if her life will ever be the same again. Can comfort come through her great-grandmother Rose's diaries? For Jess and Rose, the realities of war have terrible consequences. Can the Poppy Factory, set up to help injured soldiers, rescue them both from the heartache of war?

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What the Critics Say

Praise for Liz Trenow:
"Extraordinary, fascinating ...deeply rooted in history" (Midweek, Radio 4)
"An assured debut with a page-turning conclusion." (Daily Express)
"Liz Trenow sews together the strands of past and present as delicately as the exquisite stitching on the quilt which forms the centerpiece of the story." (Lucinda Riley)
"Totally fascinating ...a book to savour" (Kate Furnivall)
"A novel about the human spirit, Liz Trenow paints with able prose a picture of the prejudices that bind us and the love that sets us free, Splendid." (Pam Jenoff)

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hard listaning

struggling to finish this book was not easy to get into.ok in the end though
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- lorinda

The Poppy Factory - good story but the narrator spoilt it

The Poppy Factory - good story but the narrator spoilt it
Real good story & love Rose,s diaries
When narrator Maggie Mash spoke as Rose the voice really suited the character, but when she spoke as the other characters in the book it was like she was shouting, and the male characters all sounded the same.
This could have been a 4 star book if they had had a different narrator
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- Maggs

Book Details

  • Release Date: 28-08-2014
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited