Young officer John Hilliard returns to his battalion in France following a period of sick leave in England. Despite having trouble adjusting to all the new faces, the stiff and reserved Hilliard forms a friendship with David Barton, an open and cheerful new recruit who has still to be bloodied in battle. As the pair approach the front line, to the proximity of death and destruction, their strange friendship deepens. But each knows that soon they will be separated . . .
‘The feeling of men under appalling stress at a particular moment in history is communicated with almost uncanny power.‘ Sunday Times.
‘A truly astonishing achievement.’ Daily Telegraph
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