Many lives were changed irrevocably by the 1915 Battle of Gallipoli. Inspired by her grandfather's experiences, Billington focuses on the battle's impact on a young woman and two soldiers in this heart-wrenching novel of loss, love and survival
Billington vividly creates the doomed [Gallipoli] campaign with its incompetent generals, bullish politicians and sacrificial soldiers ... a clever, insightful and always readable book
Billington's grandfather was killed at Suvla Bay in August 1915, and this piece of family tragedy invests her epic and gripping novel with added poignancy
From the troops amidst the horrors of battle to those at home forced to look on helplessly, people suffered but performed great deeds. Their stories, and the precious written legacy of Billington's grandfather, are beautifully preserved in this fine and frank evocation of British wartime spirit.
Meticulously researched, and written with elegance and sensitivity, the novel describes 'the suicidal mission' in which so many fought and died in vain.
Glory is as near to a British 'War and Peace' as any contemporary novelist is likely to come