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The Blue Bench

Narrated by: Colleen MacMahon
Length: 19 hrs and 32 mins

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Margate 1920. The Great War is over, but Britain mourns, and its spirit is not yet mended.

Edward and William have returned from the front as changed men. Together, they have survived grotesque horrors and remain haunted by memories of comrades who did not come home. The summer season in Margate is a chance for them to rebuild their lives and reconcile the past.

Evelyn and Catherine are young women ready to live life to the full. Their independence has been hard-won, and with little knowledge of the cost of their freedom, they are ready to face new challenges side by side.

Can they define their own future and open their hearts to the prospect of finding love? Will the summer of 1920 be a turning point for these new friends? As the body of the unknown warrior is returned, can the nation find a way forward?

©2018 Paul Marriner (P)2019 Paul Marriner

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  • Teresa Harwood
  • 04-16-19


A beautifully written book following the lives of four friends in the period after the First World War. The story reflects the emotional torment of those who served, survived and saw many die and who are trying to lead as normal a life as possible. There is much reference to the grave of the unknown soldier and the importance of the symbol for the families of those lost or broken is clearly depicted.

The lives of characters in the book have become important to me over the last few days. The ending, although suspected was absolutely devastating - I am heartbroken.