“Sometimes you get a book that is just so powerful it leaves you struggling to find words to describe its beauty, integrity and pure eloquence. It’s very rare in fact, but this is one of those books.
Written with so much passion and gut-wrenching feeling, this has achingly painful moments … astonishing to know it is a debut. I sincerely hope there will be more to come from the pen of this talented lady.”
Ali – TheDragonSlayer.co.uk
‘I usually don't read books about wartime but this was so full of depth and so very descriptive I truly felt 'there' with the family and could 'see' them all and feel their emotions. A cracking book, very well written.’
‘It’s beautifully written. You have a gorgeous grasp of the English language, and I adore your phrasing….’
‘The first chapter has left me battered but hopeful, after riding a tidal wave of human emotions. Goodness, your writing style is mature, I can already imagine the screen play scenes.’
The writing style was so powerful, the sorrow and grief are effortlessly displayed. I could not help but feel as though I were part of their family, sharing their strife. The ending was stunning.
This made me think about the world we live in and how lucky I am to have the things I have. A highly recommended read and one that will make you think!
I honestly can't remember the last time a book touched me quite as much; it is beautiful, heart-breaking and real. Walking Wounded is beautifully written, one of the only other books I've read that has covered anything even close is Goodnight Mr Tom by Michelle Magorian. I sobbed, I laughed, I loved and I hated throughout this book and I cannot wait for more from Anna Franklin Osborne.
This powerful story takes us on a journey through hard to discuss subjects, including domestic abuse and baby loss. Something that many readers may find upsetting, yet the author handles the topics with respect and tenderness. Teenagers will find this a simple read to enjoy after school (especially A-Level history students), Walking Wounded is a superb book from a brand-new author, it kept me yearning for more and truly made me think about the past and what our country, men, and women all went through together. An excellent book that I shall certainly find myself reading again.
… a stunning debut. This is a very emotional read, a book that has the power to bring you back to a time in our society that should never be forgotten.
Reading Walking Wounded was like picking up a diary of a survivor …
Mairead O’Driscoll Hearne:
It is such a tragedy for any family to have gone through the horrors of a world war but for families to have gone through two in their life time is just devastating. A fabulous account of a moment in history, highly recommended.
I think it’s an incredible skill to catch a reader off guard and in the moment, provoking an emotional rollercoaster. This book moved me beyond words, it is a beautiful book and I can’t recommend it highly enough.
… a deeply moving, emotional tale about family, love, and loss during war-time England. The violence and destruction of the war are echoed throughout, but this book isn't just about the war. It is about everyday life, making mistakes, and trying to live with your decisions. But at the heart of it all is a family that loves each other whole-heartedly, no matter what happens, no matter where they are, a secure place to fall when everything else is crumbling around you. This will make you cry and appreciate life, and I highly recommend it to all fiction and historical readers.
Anna is a wonderful writer, hard to believe that this is her debut novel! This book had me hooked from the start, I love history and she brings the characters to life so brilliantly. She beautifully captures the essence of the era, the utter horror that our soldiers must have felt whilst at war, and the anguish that those left behind felt. I cannot recommend this book enough.