Alice Bliss, Paperback
4.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


'This story of friendship, love, grief and growing up will yank on the heartstrings. And then some' Look Alice Bliss is fifteen. She's smart, funny, and clever. Not afraid to stand up for the things she believes in.

She also idolizes her father, and when he leaves home to fight a war she doesn't believe in, Alice is distraught.

She and her mother negotiate his absence as best they can -- waiting impatiently for his letters, throwing themselves into school and work respectively, bickering intermittently and, in Alice's case, falling for the boy next door -- but then they're told that he's missing in action and have to face up to the fact that he may never return. 'A powerful coming-of-age story of love, family and grief' Big Issue 'I put down this book and thought, there is no one like this girl, so fully has Harrington brought a new Alice to life' Sarah Blake, bestselling author of The Postmistress 'Compassionate and intelligent ...strong storytelling and a rich emotional core' Jenny Downham, author of Before I Die




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This was a book I really liked. It is narrated by Alice Bliss aged fifteen. Alice loves her father very much but cannot understand why he needs to go and fight a war, that she does not believe in. The family, Alice and her sister and mother try to cope with his absence as best as they can. They live for his letters when they can get them and they try to carry on with their every day life. Each of them tries to find solace in their own way. Alice joins the track team and discovers that she is actually good at running, and that when she runs she is able to forget about what is happening in her life. But then when her father is declared missing things become even harder as they realise he may never return. Alice immerses herself in the garden that she would plant with her father, keen to carry it on exactly as he would have, and she lives in one of his shirts. She spends a lot of time with Henry the boy next door, a life long friend, whom she turns to for support. I loved the character of Alice. It was very well done, and a believabale character. This was a beautiful and moving story that made me both laugh and cry . There was so much detail. It made it very real. I shall not forget the character of Alice for a long time and i am keen to see if this author has written any other books.