Small Wars

Publisher: Vintage Canada
Sadie Jones, the award-winning and internationally bestselling author of The Outcast, returns with an ambitious, richly imagined novel that confirms her place in the literary firmament.

A passionate and beautifully written tale of personal loss in the midst of war in late 1950s Cyprus, Small Wars raises important questions that are just as relevant today.

What happens when everything a man believes in — the army, his country, his marriage — begins to crumble? Hal Treherne is a young British soldier on the brink of a brilliant career. Transferred to Cyprus to defend the colony, Hal takes his wife, Clara, and their daughters with him. But Hal is pulled into atrocities that take him further from Clara, a betrayal that is only one part of a shocking personal crisis to come. Small Wars is a searing, unforgettable novel from a writer at the height of her powers.

From the Hardcover edition.


Chapter One

The army had rented them a house in Limassol, quite near to the harbour because married quarters on the base hadn’t been sorted out for them yet.

Hal knew the weather had been bad on the crossing from England — even after Gibraltar — and he pictured Clara and the girls...
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"An absorbing story about emotional constraint and its dangers. . . . One wonders where Sadie Jones will go from here."
The Daily Telegraph

"Jones's first novel...was a very hard act to follow. Her second, however, is even better."
The Times

"An exemplary meditation on honour and shame, and on that exquisite tension in army life between emotion and duty, loyalty and betrayal. . . . The impact of military life on our humanity is subtly explored. . . . A well-paced novel possessing both literary and moral integrity."
Sunday Telegraph

"A seamlessly crafted tale about love and death."
Winnipeg Free Press

From the Hardcover edition.