Jen K’s #CBR5 Review #39: The Winter of the World by Carol Ann Lee

The novel begins with the train carrying the UK’s Unknown Warrior to London, and its eventual final resting place in Westminster Abbey. After this opening, which also has brief appearances by what will soon be the novel’s two main characters, the novel flashes back a few months to earlier in 1920. Alex Dyer, a journalist, is back in France to cover the rebuilding of Flanders and France, and the types of things that are being done to commemorate the war’s dead. While there, he ends up sharing his story with one of the men involved in the work at the cemeteries (I’m not entirely clear if he’s a grave digger, gardener or a combination of the two).

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