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Set against the real events of 1914, the first book in an exciting new series from Cynthia Harrod-Eagles is extraordinary in scope and imaginationIn 1914, Britain faces a new kind of war. For Edward and Beatrice Hunter, their children, servants, and neighbors, life will never be the same again. For David, the eldest, war means a chance to do something noble; but enlistingSet against the real events of 1914, the first book in an exciting new series from Cynthia Harrod-Eagles is extraordinary in scope and imaginationIn 1914, Britain faces a new kind of war. For Edward and Beatrice Hunter, their children, servants, and neighbors, life will never be the same again. For David, the eldest, war means a chance to do something noble; but enlisting will break his mother's heart. His sister Diana, 19 and beautiful, longs for marriage. She has her heart set on Charles Wroughton, son of Earl Wroughton, but Charles will never be allowed to marry a banker's daughter. Below stairs, Cook and Ada, the head housemaid, grow more terrified of German invasion with every newspaper atrocity story. Ethel, under housemaid, can't help herself when it comes to men and now soldiers add to the temptation; yet there's more to this flighty girl than meets the eye. The once-tranquil village of Northcote reels under an influx of khaki volunteers, wounded soldiers, and Belgian refugees. The war is becoming more dangerous and everyone must find a way to adapt to this rapidly changing world....

Title : Goodbye, Piccadilly: War at Home, 1914
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Number of Pages : 392 Pages
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Goodbye, Piccadilly: War at Home, 1914 Reviews

  • Kathryn
    2019-01-31 04:40

    I went to an author meet-and-greet at my local library given for Cynthia Harrod-Eagles last year, despite not having read any of her books. She was an engaging speaker, it was a lovely evening, and I determined I was going to read at least one of her books this year! When I was at the library a couple of weeks ago, I came across a copy of this, the most recent of her books.I’ve read a lot of books about WWII, but not so many about WWI so it was interesting to read a bit more about this period of time in Britain. This is set in 1914, and I think the idea is that it is the first in a new series with a book for each year of the war.I enjoyed this book and would like to continue with the series (despite the fact that I keep saying I’m not starting any more series until I finish some of the ones I’m already reading!!), however, technically, this one isn’t a series yet as the second isn’t published (and I can’t see any mention of it on the author’s website…)!I’d also like to explore her other series at some point - there is the Morland Dynasty (although I’m a little daunted by the fact that this series has over 30 books in it!) or the Bill Slider series or there are other stand alone novels as well.

  • Debra
    2019-02-07 08:23

    Although based around the fictional exploits of the middle class Hunter family the story is given realism with references to actual events, places and people. It has an opening setting that demonstrates an idyllic lifestyle for the upper classes. However, by using charaters from different social classes and genders, opinions and experiences are shown from a variety of angles.The publication is well timed with the centenary of the outbreak of WW1 and will give an insight to readers with little knowledge of that time.With the outbreak of war the young see excitement and adventure and are totally ignorant of the actual horrors from which they seem so detached. The main female character is more concerned about her disrupted social life than the atrocities of war. The upper classes immediately mobilize to show a civic concern for the plight of fleeing refugees yet show a total disregard for the poverty in their own communities.It has an easy flowing style of writing which helps develop an interest in the storyline. You are left with wanting to know more about what happens next and how such historic events change lives.I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads, but it has in no way influenced my opinion of it.

  • Bettie☯
    2019-02-08 03:26

    looks good

  • Linda Bridges
    2019-01-31 09:20

    Goodybe Piccadilly begins in that achingly beautiful, final summer of peace in 1914. The Hunter family is contemplating their annual summer holiday in August. Yet each of the young adults in the family finds change in the air. Sadie is realizing a dream by putting off finishing school and working with beloved horses for the summer. David is wondering about completing university and what he'll do with his life afterwards. And beautiful Diana has gained the attention of Charles Wroughton, heir to the Dene family fortune. Although neighbors, the Hunters and the Wroughtons don't mingle in the same circles, so Diana's dreams of a future with Charles are just that, dreams. But its summer and there's time for everything. Until, that is, Archduke Franz Ferdinand's assassination and the beginning of war by August. Suddenly, everyone's lives are turned upside down and no future is certain. This is the beginning book in a series by one of my favorite authors. It is well-written with accurate historical information interspersed with the story of the fictional families. It stops at Christmas of 1914 so the story will continue on into the rest of the war years and maybe beyond. I'm already a fan of the author's Morland family series which is voluminous and am happy to have discovered this new series.

  • Elisabeth
    2019-02-20 05:39

    It is 1914, the Hunter are comfortably upper middle class family with 6 children and enough money for a few servants.Their world is one of tea parties, finishing schools and worries about debutant balls, that is until August 1914 when war is declared and their lives will be changed forever.As the men go off to war, it is the women that are left behind trying to carry on with their lives and the hardships that it throws at them. "Goodbye Picadilly” is the first book in the new War at Home series and covers the first 4 months of the war. Perfect for anyone who loved Downton Abbey and fans of the late Elizabeth Jane Howard.

  • Claire (Clairby11xxx)
    2019-02-11 07:21

    (7/10) I'll be honest, I was a good quarter of the way through before I started to enjoy this book. It follows The Hunter family through 1914 as Europe slides into war, ending rather poignantly on Christmas Day in the trenches. Having read Cynthia Harrod-Eagles before I already know her strengths lie in a family saga and she is very good at writing from multiple characters perspectives and following their development over time. I'm looking forward to reading the next in the series which will carry on and cover 1915.

  • Barbara
    2019-02-10 06:31

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is the first in a series of three books set during the first World War. The primary characters are the Hunter family, who live in the suburbs of London. They are fairly comfortable financially and have six children. This book was primarily about the youngest dtr. Sadie and the oldest Diane. For Sadie the war environment changes her coming of age considerably. Unlike her older sister, no finishing school for her. Instead she fills the days with her beloved horses. Diane has her eyes set on the local young nobleman--and of course that is just "not done" in those days. Sons and husbands are marched off to war. Mr. and Mrs. Hunter are living a fairly predictable life but with severe changes around the corner. It's a wonderful book, to be read slowly and savored. I so look forward to the next!

  • Kay
    2019-02-20 05:22

    A very slim three stars. I actually almost quit reading after only 30 pages it was so dull. I persisted but still fell that while you know about the characters you don't KNOW the characters. Isn't this deadly for the first book in a possibly long proposed series? The main focus is the Hunter family and their small town near London leading up to and beginning WWI. The working in of facts of how the war involving England affected the citizens was interesting and the only thing that kept me going. The characters were cardboard.

  • Sara G
    2019-01-31 04:46

    This was a really nice start to a new series about WWI and the home front in England. It revolves around a middle class family living in the London suburbs, and covers the period of time from that beautiful 1914 summer up through Christmas. "Over by Christmas" was clearly too optimistic. I enjoyed the characters and the detail about life during this time period, and I'm looking forward to hopefully getting my hands on the second one soon. It's tough to love British authors who aren't published in the US :)

  • Gabi Coatsworth
    2019-02-07 05:25

    Set during WW1 this is the first of trilogy and so the storylines are unresolved at the end of the book. And there are a lot of stories here. There's the subject of class, a huge issue in the First World War. There are aristocrats, tradesmen, bankers and housemaids, and each has a story to be followed. The historical detail is fascinating because it covers things we know, but from the home front perspective. Things like the requisitioning of horses, the billeting of soldiers etc. I'm looking forward to books 2 and 3

  • Joan
    2019-01-30 09:43

    The first book in a new series from this popular author. Set at the very beginning of First World War and, in this book at least, telling how the world news has such different effects on families in the home village of Northcote. Although finding the book a little slow going at first, I am now quite hooked onto the stories of the families and looking forward to reading the next in the series.

  • Karen Engel
    2019-01-22 03:25

    This historical fictional account of the beginning of WWI was disappointing in that nothing much of interest happened to the characters. It was a relief to finally finish the last page and close the book at last. Gentle Readers, save yourself the time, find something else to read

  • Sharyn Cerda
    2019-02-06 08:36

    This book was disappointing from the lifeless, one-dimensional characters to the plotless story line. I love historical fiction, especially this time period, but even that was dull in this book. It felt like the author had no interest in the story or characters.

  • Patricia
    2019-02-15 05:22

    Just ramblings about pre-war and the 1914 beginning of WWI, it needed more depth.

  • Sandy
    2019-01-26 04:48

    After 80 pages, I still didn't really care, so I gave up.

  • Allison
    2019-02-10 03:33

    I sure am sad that after 38 books the Morland dynasty is over, but this seems like the start to another excellent series.

  • Lynn
    2019-01-23 04:36

    I've been a big fan of the Slider mysteries. I really like her style, her plotting, and her characters. This one, though, is unlike Slider. There are lots of characters, many of whom have no clear identity. I guess it's necessary to introduce a big cast when you're aiming for a series, but the characters don't really live and breathe.I have no idea why Diana is so attracted to Lord Dene, for example. He's awkward and remote, but she's not a fortune hunter, as the lord's brother insists. So why does she like him? He's actually rather a sweet guy, but the characters lack an emotional depth.There was some cool WWI stuff, like how the beginnings of the war affected the home front, and the anti-immigrant stirrings (!). I assume we'll get more war in Volume 2, but I'm not sure I want to wade through the rest. Maybe. Some day.

  • Beverly
    2019-01-28 06:30

    Thoroughly enjoyed this home front view of the war. Somethings that England and it's citizens had to face with the changes WW I brought were familiar to me. But there were many new insights that amazed me. Of course this was also the time of the suffragette movement and how the war interrupted and helped to promote the cause was also touched on. I am going to have to read the second book again to put it into perspective, since I had read it before I realized it was the second in the series. Well researched and well written!

  • Donna
    2019-01-25 03:33

    The historical details about the beginning of WWl in England were interesting, but I'm not really into the class dynamics of the time period, hence I don't usually read that type of literature. Also, since the author is British, the vocabulary and colloquialisms required conscious effort on my part to determine their meaning from context more than normal. Still an enjoyable story and I will read the next novel in the series.

  • Madelyn
    2019-02-12 03:34

    This is the first book in the War at Home series. It is set in 1914 and the Hunter family is dealing with the war and they are finding that life will never be the same. I thought the book ended rather abruptly so I will definitely need to read the next one in the series in order to find out what happens.

  • Paul
    2019-01-24 03:27

    A good start to the "War at Home" series. The first few chapters were kind of confusing learning the different characters and their roles. Then the story picked up and it became extremely interesting.

  • Katie
    2019-02-11 02:41

    utterly predictable but decent history of WWI.

  • Bettynz
    2019-02-14 02:24

    I found this very slow starting. However I am familiar with Ms Harrod-Eagles’ historical style & know that this is but the beginning of an epic saga

  • Lesley~aka Ella's Gran
    2019-01-26 08:36

    3.5 rounded up.

  • Emma Crowley
    2019-02-12 08:35

    Admittedly before reading this book I had never heard of the author but I love reading historical fiction or novels that have a time slip element and I really enjoyed my introduction to the Hunter family and the residents of Northcote. The author had previously written over 30 plus novels in the Moorland Dynasties series which spanned a huge time period so she is well qualified to write about war and its devastating impact on the lives of ordinary people.Being the first novel there was an awful lot of setting up to do with the introduction of all the main characters and the various strands of the story so the majority of this book focused on the months leading up to the war and it’s outbreak. This book is not action packed as the author is not rushing to tell her story within one book. Rather she knows we have all read about the causes World War 1 and how it panned out, here she chooses to focus on the day to day lives of a middle class family and a small village and how their lives were changed forever.Having so many characters to become familiar with it did take me awhile to get into this book. On the first few pages there is a family tree of the Hunter family which was very helpful but I do think a page with all the other various characters from the village and London would have been useful as well. Goodbye Piccadilly shows how the war affected all aspects of society from the gentry Lord and Lady Wroughton, the middle class banking family – the Hunters and the lower classes and servants.Not one section of society was not touched by the shooting of Archduke Ferdinand of Austria. The Hunter family are the main focus of this novel and all other strands of the story are interconnected with theirs. Beatrice and Edward Hunter have six children Sadie, Diana, David, Bobby, Peter and William and are happy living in Northcote but times are changing. Before this fateful event the Hunters had been leading relatively normal lives and facing everyday problems of the time – who should Diana marry (will Charles Wroughton fall for her affections), should Sadie be sent abroad to finishing school (or spend her time caring for horses which are her passion), will David or Bobby finish their college education? But all their dreams and plans are shattered as war arrives upon their doorstep.There are far too many characters and storylines to go into in this review but the author certainly does an excellent job of setting the scene for what’s to come. It was clever to specifically focus the story on one family but yet she was also able to highlight the general feeling at the time and how the upper classes right down to the ordinary decent working men of the village were all touched by events which happened so far away from their ordinary everyday lives. Slowly bit by bit the tension is built up as people start to realise war is not just a figment of their imagination but is now a reality as men are called to serve and constraints are placed upon food supplies and everyday needs. David Hunter – the eldest son enlists and so do many men from the village and soon they are sent to training camps to begin preparations. Even at this stage the naivety of the people was conveyed very well, they believed the war would be finished by Christmas and everyone would be home safe and well. This is hard to read as we know those aspirations were short lived and war raged on for four long difficult years.People often forget there were lots of other things going on in the world at this time and the author slipped in events like they were regular occurrences and I suppose they were for people at the time. These events such as Ernest Shackleton setting off to explore the South Pole, Ireland’s fight for Home Rule and the Howth Gun Running were all things which I had learned about in history classes so to read characters opinions and viewpoints was really interesting. Parts of the book were quite slow as if everybody is just waiting and waiting for something to happen and I felt a bit like that too but the story did move on towards the end and left me wanting more. The one light relief in the book was the Hunter’s dog Nailer - a faithful companion to Sadie who got up to plenty of mischief and offered numerous comedic moments at times when the tension could have become unbearable. Hopefully there is more to come from Nailer in future books.If you love reading historical fiction then you won’t go wrong with Goodbye Piccadilly, a perfect introduction to what promises to be an interesting, engrossing series following the highs and lows of the Hunter family and how they cope with World War One. This book really only touched the surface and gave us glimpses as to what the future holds. The book ends at a very significant point in the war leaving no doubt that there is plenty more to come in the story of the Hunters and the residents of Northcote and I for one will be eagerly awaiting the next installment.

  • Ann
    2019-01-24 04:29

    Good book, set at the start of WW1. The family at the centre of the story is middle class (by the standards of the day) and so the reader gets a flavour of the class structure in Britain in 1914. We read about the servants lives as well as the family's and we also read about the 'upper class' who are incredibly snobby except for Charles, Lord Dene, who falls in love with Diana, daughter of a mere banker. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series as the reality of war starts to take hold.

  • Kissmekate
    2019-02-14 06:37

    Die Hunters führen ein beschauliches Leben in Northcote, einem gemütlichen kleinen Örtchen unweit von London. Vater Edward arbeitet bei einer Londoner Bank und ist froh, dass er seinen sechs Kindern ein angenehmes Leben außerhalb der schmutzigen, hektischen Stadt bieten kann, seit die Erweiterung der Eisenbahnlinie es möglich gemacht hat, aufs Land zu ziehen. Während die sechzehnjährige Sadie verrückt nach Pferden ist und die beiden ältesten Söhne aufs College gehen, ist Diana, 19 und sehr hübsch, zum ersten Mal ernsthaft verliebt. Das einzig Dumme: ihr Angebeteter ist der Sohn eines Earl und sie als Mittelklassemädchen nicht standesgemäß für dessen Familie.In dieses Idyll mischen sich im Sommer 1914 jedoch ernste Untertöne, als in Sarajevo tödliche Schüsse auf Erzherzog Franz Ferdinand fallen. Man munkelt von politischen Verwerfungen und gar von Krieg, will aber nicht glauben, dass es wirklich zu bewaffneten Auseinandersetzungen zwischen den europäischen Mächten kommen könnte, deren gekrönte Häupter auch noch teils weitläufig miteinander verwandt sind.Doch die düsteren Vorhersagen bewahrheiten sich, und in herrlichem Sommerwetter bereitet man sich nicht auf Picknicks und Freiluftfeste vor, sondern nimmt Abschied von Söhnen und Brüdern und blickt in eine ungewisse Zukunft. Auch David Hunter meldet sich zum Entsetzen seiner Mutter freiwillig zum Militär, während Sadie traurig miterlebt, wie auf dem benachbarten Gutshof Pferde für die Kavallerie requiriert werden und die Köchin zwar über die panischen Hamsterkäufe anderer Leute die Nase rümpft, sich aber trotzdem mal lieber einen Vorrat an Kolonialwaren anlegt, deren Beschaffung aus dem Ausland womöglich wegen des Krieges schwierig werden könnte.Wie der Krieg auf der anderen Seite des Ärmelkanals auch in England, das ja weitgehend von Kampfhandlungen verschont blieb, auch bei den Zivilisten zu Hause bis in die kleinsten Winkel des Lebens eindringt, und wie man zuvor wochenlang zittert und bangt und hofft, dass das Unfassbare nicht eintreffen wird, schildert Cynthia Harrod-Eagles sehr einfühlsam und eindringlich im ersten Band ihrer Serie "War at Home".Wie der Titel schon sagt, werden die Ereignisse an der Front nur gestreift. Das Buch konzentriert sich im wesentlichen auf das, was abseits der Schlachtfelder geschieht, wobei zahlreiche kleine historisch belegte Details einfließen, die selbst Leser, die mit der Materie vertraut sind, noch überraschen können.Gleichzeitig ist "Goodbye Piccadilly" auch ein gelungenes Familienporträt, das von der Machart her ein wenig an "Downton Abbey" oder ähnliches erinnert, weil es sich nicht nur einer Person widmet, sondern aus vielen verschiedenen Perspektiven erzählt wird - Eltern, Kinder und auch Dienstboten bekommen ihre Auftritte, so dass ein schönes Kaleidoskop von Charakteren und Handlungssträngen entsteht, das aber immer übersichtlich bleibt und nach einer kleinen Anlaufphase auch zu fesseln versteht, sowohl mit den Bezügen zum Krieg als auch mit den persönlichen kleinen Dramen, Freuden, Enttäuschungen und Überraschungen im Alltag. Ein Markenzeichen der Autorin sind die zahlreichen und dabei "runden" Figuren, die sie oft mit wenigen Worten so plastisch beschreibt, dass man sie persönlich zu kennen glaubt.Ein toller Serienauftakt, der Appetit auf mehr macht!

  • Fluffychick
    2019-01-30 03:40

    Set in 1914, this is the first in a saga about the Hunters, a middle class family, living a tranquil life of afternoon teas and tennis parties in Northcote. The idyll is shaken by the start of the war and the novel charts not only the wartime changes but the romantic aspirations of Diana, the Hunter’s beautiful daughter who has her eye on the son of Earl Wroughton.I found it an interesting read, but I didn’t love it. Historically, it seems accurate but that’s not enough as there’s a mass of books on the same theme and I’ve read several that were far more enjoyable. I didn’t really get involved in the story as I thought the characterisation was thin and one dimensional. For a large part of the novel I was struggling to remember who was who, particularly as many of the female characters seemed pretty interchangeable. This could be due to it being a series and part of the slow build, but I’m not sufficiently engaged to want to continue reading about these rather dull people.Okay, but a bit disappointing.Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for my review copy.

  • Verity W
    2019-02-09 07:22

    *****Copy from NetGalley in return for an honest review*****So this is the first in a series about the First World War - and as such it sets up a lot of strands ready for subsequent books. I enjoyed the book - although it took me a little while to get into - but there was a lot of preparation to not a lot of action. But there is an interesting set of characters there - and plenty of potential for the subsequent books. It has a Cazalet-y feel in that it deals with a range of characters through the household and through society (although obviously in WWI not WWII) - but I don't remember as little happening in the first of that series. But I'll keep my eye out for the next in this series.

  • Mandy
    2019-02-10 04:23

    This is the first book in Cynthia Harrod-Eagles new series War at Home, and what a disappointment it is. I’m a great fan of her Morland Dynasty books, and hoped this would be as good as they are, but sadly I found the characters stereotypes rather than fully rounded characters, one-dimensional and wooden, the writing lifeless and with cliché following cliché and the plot predictable. This first volume is the start of a family saga set against the backdrop of the first world war, and I can’t help feeling this was a publisher initiative to cash in on the current interest in the war rather than a series Harrod-Eagles has put her heart and soul into. I found it too dull to read through to the end and just skimmed it.