Shortlist year: 
2014
Shortlist category: 
Fiction
Published by: 
Harper Collins

About the book

Book cover of A World of Other People
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A World of Other People is a life-affirming evocation of love in war time, when every decision, and every day, matters.

Set in 1941 during the Blitz, Steven Carroll's cinematic new novel traces the love affair of Jim, an Australian pilot in Bomber Command, and Iris, a forthright young Londoner, finding her voice as a writer. Haunted by secrets and malign coincidence, the couple struggles to build a future free of society's thin-lipped disapproval. Iris shares rooftop fire watching duties with the poet TS Eliot, who unwittingly seals their fate with his famous verse 'Little Gidding'.