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3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  3,320 Ratings  ·  642 Reviews
A brilliant debut for readers of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, in which three women must deal with the aftershocks of WWI and its impact on the men in their lives—a son, a brother and a lover. Their tragic connection is slowly revealed as the book unfolds.

Wake: 1) Emerge or cause to emerge from sleep 2) Ritual for the dead 3) Consequence or aftermath.

Hardcover, 304 pages
Published February 11th 2014 by Random House (first published 2014)
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Noël I read the paper copy. It flowed beautifully for me. It is possible it would have seemed disjointed on an ereader. I have trouble engaging in more…moreI read the paper copy. It flowed beautifully for me. It is possible it would have seemed disjointed on an ereader. I have trouble engaging in more serious books on my ereader.
I borrowed the book from my public library. They had to do a consortium loan (like an inter-library loan) but I am going to recommend it for our collection. (less)

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Apr 01, 2017 Erin rated it really liked it
Why can't he just move on? Not just him. All of them. All of the ex-soldiers, standing, begging in the street, boards tied around their necks. All of them reminding you of something that you want to forget. It went on long enough. She grew up under it, like a great squatting thing, leaching all the color and joy from life.
The war's over. Why can't all of them just bloody well move on?

Oh my heart! Once I started this well researched account of a post WWI historical, I was glued to the couch. An
Feb 14, 2014 Dem rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers of Historical Fiction
Recommended to Dem by: Book Club Read - Feb
Wake by Anna Hope.

On completion of this novel by Anna Hope I came to realise what a wonderful title WAKE really is and what it means to the story.

Wake / Werk
1) Emerge or cause to emerge from sleep
2) Ritual for the dead
3) Consequence or Aftermath

This novel is the story of three women in London in November 1920 coping and living in the aftermath of war as the city awaits the arrival of the unknown Soldier from France to his final resting place.
This is a quiet book but tells a very emotional and
Mar 18, 2014 Sue rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: historical fiction readers
When I read a book on a kindle and keep trying to turn for the next page not realising/accepting that it has ended, I truly know that I have been swept up in the writing and the characters. Wake has been that type of book for me.

Wake is the story of women and men left with emotional, personal loss after WWI and takes place during the few days leading up to the planned internment of the Unknown Soldier in London on the 2 year anniversary of the Great War armistice. The city is full of unemployed
Oct 29, 2013 ☮Karen rated it it was amazing
1920 London, when they have decided to bring home from France an Unknown Soldier to honor on Armistice Day. The three female characters all have their own losses and stories to tell about England’s participation in World War One France and their own paths to recovery. Evelyn’s brother Ed came home, not with any obvious physical changes, but changed nonetheless. She can’t understand why they are not as close as they once were, but then she has turned bitter and hateful also from her personal expe ...more
Diane S ☔
Aug 12, 2013 Diane S ☔ rated it really liked it

Throughout a period of five days, as the unknown soldier makes its way to Westminster, we follow the lives of three women who have affected by the war. Ava, my favorite, a mother who struggles with guilt over the death of her son in the war and wants only a body to bury, to know the why and where. Evelyn, who lost her fiancé in the war and also has a brother who was an officer and has returned, but is not the same. Evelyn has become an embittered woman, sh
Jan 21, 2014 Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have no doubt that Wake is going to be included in my Top Ten books of 2014, I know that it's only January, but this is a book that has had a huge effect on me. The writing is sublime, but the story is one of horror and shame, and of ordinary people whose lives were left devastated by what was supposed to be 'the war to end all wars.'

Told over just five days and ending on Armistice Day - November 11 1920, Wake is a portrait of the lives of three women; Hettie, Evelyn and Ada. Each of these wom
Cleo Bannister
For those who fought in World War I there were two likely outcomes: they would die or they would be damaged, for the women who loved them life was less certain.

Anna Hope has written a beautiful book following the five days prior to the internment of The Unknown Warrior at the Cenotaph. Each chapter is a day and each of those days follows the journey of the coffin from France to Britain for the ceremony.

The depth of descriptions of each the lives of the three women featured is outstanding, Ada, 4
Jul 13, 2013 Erin rated it really liked it
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I wont lie, when I finished Anna Hope's Wake, I was just happy to be done with it. The frequent shifts between characters and the emotional drama of their individual stories left me mentally exhausted. In point of fact I set my review aside, determined to clear my head before trying to compose my thoughts because I was so put out with my reading. Thing is, the longer I let it sit, the more I seemed to appreciate it.

On the s
Liz Barnsley
Oct 29, 2013 Liz Barnsley rated it it was amazing
Coming January 2014 from Randomhouse/ Transworld

Thank you kindly to the author and publisher for the unexpected pleasure of a copy of this book in the post.

Wake: 1) Emerge or cause to emerge from sleep 2) Ritual for the dead 3) Consequence or aftermath.

The lives of three women are braided together, their stories gathering tremendous power as the ties that bind them become clear, and the body of the unknown soldier moves closer and closer to its final resting place.

Right well the first thing to s
Un très beau roman qui retrace la vie de trois femmes anglaises, toutes touchées par la première guerre mondiale, durant les cinq jours précédant l'arrivée du Soldat Inconnu sur le sol britannique.
Anna Hope donne superbement vie à ses personnages touchés par la guerre, tentant de continuer à vivre malgré la douleur. L'histoire est prenante et les pages défilent sans que l'on s'en rende compte. Et plus ça va, plus c'est émouvant. J'ai versé ma petite larme à la lecture d'un chapitre où l'auteure
Patrice Hoffman
Jan 03, 2014 Patrice Hoffman rated it really liked it
Anna Hope's Wake is a touching and moving account of the affects of war on men and women alike. The book opens by defining what the word wake means:
(1) Emerge or cause to emerge from sleep
(2) Ritual for the dead
(3) Consequence or aftermath

Each definition can be used in one way or another to describe the characters Ada, Evelyn, and Hattie as we watch their stories unfold as the unidentified body of a World War I soldier is brought home to be buried. It is the two-year anniversary of Armistice Day
Jan 11, 2014 Misfit rated it liked it
Shelves: amazon-vine
"Wake: 1) Emerge or cause to emerge from sleep 2) Ritual for the dead 3) Consequence or aftermath."

The basics: it's 1920 and focuses on the lives of three women impacted by The Great War and the preparations for the burial of the Unknown Soldier. I think the book blurb and other reviews cover the individual stories enough, and I don't care to rehash it again. Besides, 24 hours after finishing it, I feel like I'm the one who has wakened from a dream and their stories are fading as quick as any dr
Diane Barnes
Mar 21, 2014 Diane Barnes rated it it was amazing
Shelves: world-war-one
The setting is the 5 days before the burial of the unknown warrior in London in 1920, 2 years after the war ends. Hettie is a 19 year old dancer for hire who is hoping the future will find her. Evelyn is a 30 year old whose fiance was killed in the war, and her bitterness is eating her alive. Ada's son was killed in 1917, and she sees his ghost around every corner. Each of these women share a bond that they are not aware of as they try to find some sort of hope and ability to move beyond the gri ...more
Feb 19, 2016 prettybooks rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Le chagrin des vivants c’est la difficile reconstruction de tout un pays, de tout un peuple. C’est les ravages de la guerre dans tous les foyers, dans tous les coeurs. C’est les étapes progressives par lesquelles chacun va passer pour petit à petit retourner à la vie, sans jamais oublier, sans avoir bien souvent de réponse, mais en acceptant malgré tout que la vie continue. Un roman sublime.

Ma chronique :
Jan 17, 2014 Mmars rated it it was amazing
Shelves: possible-bc
Not sure if there’s another book out there that tells the story of the women of WWI as well as this one does. Of course, the horrors and the trenches and the atrocities have been covered. Perhaps never before in its reality by a female writer. It was a horrid, horrid war. One that will, hopefully, never happen again. This is about the women living in post-war Britain. They’ve lost sons, brothers, and loves to the war. Dead or alive they are not the men and boys they saw go marching off. They are ...more
Oct 14, 2013 Laura rated it really liked it
Very good read, but a very depressing and heavy book overall. If you need a "pick me up" this may not be the book to read at that particular time. However, I recommend maybe when the days have more sunshine than dark.
Oct 15, 2013 Anne rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bedside-table
When Alison Barrow at Transworld offered an advance reading copy of (and I quote) “the debut I am most excited about for 2014”, I got all excited too – how could I resist?

I devoured Wake – by former actress Anna Hope – in one glorious sitting. I loved the strapline on the cover of my version – “a novel of loss and longing and learning to dance again” (who wouldn’t be drawn in by that?). I’m delighted to tell you that I absolutely loved it. The writing is effortless, and the reading equally so: t

I received this book as a digital ARC from the publisher through Net Galley in return for an honest review.

Title: Wake

Author: Anna Hope

Hardcover: 304 pages

Pub Date: February 11th, 2014

Publisher: Random House


NetGalley kindly sent this uncorrected proof of this book. Thank you so much.


"Wake" is a multilayered story of three women, Hettie - a dance instructress at the Palais, Evelyn, who works at the Pensions Exchange and Ada who is trying to find her son alive after the end of the Great War.



Emily Shelton
Oct 29, 2013 Emily Shelton rated it it was ok
Wake by Anna Hope is a novel set in the aftermath of World War I, intertwining the stories of three women who were affected by the war: Hettie, Evelyn, and Ada. All three women had men in their lives who were either killed, injured or emotionally affected by the war. As they all attempt to move on with their lives, it is obvious that though the war may be over, its effects will last for a very long time.

There were moments when I thought this could be a really good novel. At times, pieces of each
Oct 24, 2013 Wanda rated it liked it
Recommends it for: WWI fiction fans
Shelves: 2013
25 OCT 2013 --Whee for me! I won this here on GRAmazon. I am so excited and grateful. A very nice letter came with the book from Erika Greber of the Marketing Department, The Random House Publishing Group. She hopes I enjoy the book as much as she did. Well, you know what? I hope I enjoy it more. This is my sort of book -- a post-WWI novel telling the life stories of three women and how the war changed their lives. Happy, Happy, Happy Me!

2 NOV 2013 -- Review under Thoughtful Construction. 3 star
Jan 14, 2014 Jane rated it it was amazing
My attention was caught, first by a beautiful cover, and then by a title that appeared simple, but was actually full of meaning. ‘Wake’ is a word that speaks of both beginnings and endings; of the very first moment of a new day, and of the final ritual at the end of a life. It suits Anna Hope’s first novel, a compelling account of lives that had been changed by the Great War, so very well.

‘Wake’ tells the story of three women’s lives over the course of five days in November 1920. And it sets the
Caroline Scott
Jan 06, 2015 Caroline Scott rated it really liked it
Over the last twelve months I've read several novels about the First World War that have left me feeling a bit short-changed and cynical - writing that’s like painting by numbers, lacking in energy, originality and effort to observe. So much that’s all the same… so much that’s cheaply sentimental… so much that’s (dare I say it?) cashing in on the centenary? How nice then (pop goes my cynicism) to find a writer who brings this era off the page with freshness and observes from interesting angles. ...more
Erika Robuck
Jun 17, 2014 Erika Robuck rated it it was amazing
It is a rare thing when I read a three hundred page novel in two sittings, but I did so for WAKE.

The story is a bit difficult to grasp at first; it introduces three women who are strangers, each living in the wake of WWI, bearing their losses, their shell shock, their injuries to body and soul as the thousands of others in London do. But as the novel progresses, the circles of the women begin to overlap and to intersect in startling ways, drawing ever closer to a dramatic and perfect conclusion.
Sep 27, 2014 Camie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-favorites
I read a review of this book that said something like this - For the men of WW1 there were two choices ; to die or to be damaged.... for the women at home the future was much less certain. This is a beautiful book written about a period of five days in London 1920, 2 years after the Armistice , as the body of the Unknown Soldier ,which has been exhumed , is moved from France to London for the interment . A ceremony which is intended to somehow diminish the suffering of those who mourn their deva ...more
Rebecca Foster
“And she is alive. For what? She has endured. Is enduring. Killing time.” A lovely, elegiac novel about the ongoing effects of World War I on three English women who were left behind. The narrative, set over five days in 1920, interweaves their three plot strands (which eventually intersect in unexpected ways) with the transport of the remains of the Unknown Warrior from France to London.

“Compassion is a swamp. It’s better not to get stuck in it,” Evelyn thinks – but this is about how compassion
May 17, 2014 Ali rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Since the beginning of the year I have seen so much about this novel on Twitter and book blogs that eventually I had to just give in and buy it for myself. No one seemed to have anything but praise for it, and so I was eagerly anticipating it as I sat down with it after a hard afternoon of gardening on Saturday. Wake is such a brilliantly compelling, engaging novel that a little over twenty four hours later I finished it. I love the title, beautifully apt – the word wake with its association
I won this book in a Goodreads First Reads giveaway, so thanks to Transworld Publishers for their generosity. I'm really not sure what rating to give this book. I found it interesting reading and I'm tossing up between 3 stars (which would actually be 3.5) and 4 stars. I think I might need to let it sit for a while before I can decide.

There are 2 angles to this book. One angle is the selection and transport back to Britain of the remains of a soldier from WWI, which becomes the Unknown Soldier
Nov 14, 2013 Kristine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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* I received an advanced readers copy from Random House Publishing via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.*
When I finished this book I had to walk away and think before attempting to write a review because I wasn't sure if I could write anything that would do the book justice. I'm still not sure if I can. All I can really say is that it is going to stay with me for a very long time.
This book tells the story of three women,
Audrey Terry
Oct 02, 2013 Audrey Terry rated it it was amazing
I received this book as part of a GoodReads giveaway....

I'm not usually one to go for books that have so many different narratives, but this one flows really well. Instead of feeling disjointed, they truly flow to make a bigger story, which I think a lot of authors attempt but don't hit on nearly as well as Anna Hope.

Other reviewers have already given the plot, so i'll skip that and say that I truly enjoyed this book from start to finish in one sitting. The characters feel real, and heart brea
Lesley~aka Ella's Gran
Set in Britain in 1920 in the five days leading up to Armistice Day, and tells of the selection and journey of the remains of the Unknown Warrior from France to Westminster Abbey through the lives of three women and their families.

A strong, powerfully written story with great character development, told using multiple threads of the aftermath of war, the effects on soldiers, relationships, and life. Of reaching and understanding 0f what happened, and learning to cope with the effects. Once you h
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Anna Hope is an English writer and actress from Manchester. She is perhaps best known for her Doctor Who role of Novice Hame. She was educated at Wadham College, Oxford, The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London, and Birkbeck College, London.

Anna's powerful first novel, WAKE, sold to Transworld Publishers in a seven-way auction. Set over the course of five days in 1920, WAKE weaves the stories of
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“And whatever anyone thinks or says, England didn't win this war. And Germany wouldn't have won it, either."

"What do you mean?"

"War wins." He says. "And it keeps winning, over and over again.”
“I'll remember you, he thinks, and as the gun carriage, with its coffin and its dented helmet pass him by, he closes his eyes.

Nothing will bring them back. Not the words of comfortable men. Not the words of politicians. Or the platitudes of paid poets.”
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