The new novel from best-selling author Geraldine Brooks, read by Peter Marinker
Abridged reading published by BBC Audiobooks
Duration: 4 hours
Contains 4 CDs
There is a certain set of four sisters that have made literary history over the years, better known to most as Louisa May Alcott's Little Women.
In her new novel March, Geraldine Brooks takes a look at the girls' absentee father, John March, as an anti-slavery and idealistic chaplain suffering on the front lines of the American Civil War.
Selected as one of only ten Richard and Judy Book Club titles for 2006, Geraldine Brooks' novel combines research with her own musings in this unconventional love story.
Much like Louisa May Alcott drew on memories of her sisters when writing Little Women, Geraldine Brooks has based the character of John March on Louisa May's father; an educator, animal rights and anti-slavery advocate, and personal friend of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau.
March adds adult resonance to Alcott's optimistic children's tale and portrays the moral complexity of war through the eyes of a man whose ethics are both challenged and strained.
This unforgettable story explores the expectations and passions between a husband and wife, the affection between a parent and child, and the life-changing power of a fervently held belief.
About the author:
Geraldine Brooks was born and raised in Australia, where she also worked as a reporter. After moving to the USA she worked for many years as a journalist for the Wall Street Journal. Her first novel, Years of Wonder, released in 2002 became an international best seller. She currently lives in Virginia and is fellow at Harvard University.