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Frontline is the story of an aristocrat's daughter who joins the war effort as a nurse. In a field hospital in rural France, she meets Will, a dockworker's son serving as a stretcher-bearer. As rumours of an armistice begin to circulate, so, too, does a mysterious respiratory illness that soldiers are referring to as the 'Spanish flu'.

©2021 Dr Hilary Jones (P)2021 Welbeck Publishing Group

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Powerful

Totally capturing the whole encompass of life and death during the First World War and the lives engaged and affected. Absolutely brilliant
Thank you Dr Hilary Jones for your methodical research to write this book

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Truly incredible narration and wonderfully written

I liked everything about this book, getting to know the characters, understanding their heartache and joy during a time of devastation.
The description of the men and horses walking through the mud made me cry.

The narrators ability to switch accents so incredibly well made me feel like there were more than one person reading the book. The best narrator for me since Art Malik and the bee keeper of Allepo.

Dr Hilary Jones is a superb story teller and I can’t wait for his next novel.

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pretty good read

Good story ,a little to much medical jargon .the characters were believable ,and I enjoyed the narration.

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A really interesting, educational book.

I found this very good story a pleasure to listen to. It blended fact and fiction together. Well done!










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Topical and thought provoking

This story of WW1 & Spanish Flu is so topical today. Told through the eyes of the young medics it has so much relevance. Love wins in the end.

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Excellent first novel!

Just finished this on audible and thoroughly enjoyed it. Extremely well written and clearly narrated - I quickly engaged with the characters and enveloped myself in the story. A lot of interesting medical facts & figures from the time clever interwoven with historical events from WWI made this story all the more interesting and relatable. Dr Hilary has produced an excellent first novel & I’m thoroughly looking forward to the two follow up titles.

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Love amidst war and medicine

I loved this novel. Very, well written, brilliant!! Excellent book, sometimes harrowing but also beautiful too!!

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Informative as well as good story

Really enjoyed this book right from the start.
Story good and as the basis of this story was ww1 I had no doubt I’d enjoy it immensely.

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Surprisingly good

I really enjoyed this, tbf at first I thought it would be another celebrity (I know he is a doctor) churning out a book but found it to be informative as well as a really good storyline.

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Frontline war and medicine

You can certainly tell this was written by a Doctor.

I personally loved all he medical and surgical references throughout, especially the amazing Mr Gilles who was a pioneering plastic surgeon in WW1, and has small surgical forceps named after him.

The story is set towards the end of WW1, mainly in France but some in ol blighty. The description of the trenches and life in France throughout this time was described in all its gory sad detail.
Sometimes so much was going on in the story jumping back and forth across the channel that it had me rewinding now and again as it was easy to get lost.

The commencement of Spanish flu at the end of the war was an important addition and one we can relate to in our Covid 19 world.

Gregory Cox was an ok narrator, but not up there with my favourites.