Days Of Grace | Granta

  • Published: 28/01/2010
  • ISBN: 9781846271847
  • 129x20mm
  • 304 pages

Days Of Grace

Catherine Hall

My memories of Grace never added up to how she really was. She was always impossible to pin down, dancing just out of my reach, exactly as she did when she was alive.

Nora was a girl of twelve when the war broke out and she was forced to join the train-loads of evacuees leaving London’s East End for rural Kent. Her surrogate family, the Rivers, are unlike anyone she has met before and she soon comes to love her new life with them, and in particular with twelve-year-old Grace. Over the next few years, as the dogfights rage ever more fiercely over head and it becomes clear that the Rivers marriage contains deep and irreparable cracks, Nora and Grace grow as close as sisters – though, to Nora’s confusion, even this is not quite as close as she would like …What happened next is a secret that will gnaw away at Nora for the rest of her life – a secret that she can only begin to tell when she is certain that she is approaching the end.

Hall's writing has a darkly ominous pull, broken only by the story's startling revelations, which shook like shards of glass. A sparkling gem

Easy Living

Magically well written, the book is touching, passionate and clever


There's jealousy, intrigue and a dreadful secret ... there's also the delight of the contrasting locations of rural Kent and war-torn London in the 1940s. It's splendid stuff

The Author

Catherine Hall was born in the Lake District in 1973. She worked in documentary film production before becoming a freelance writer and editor for a range of charities specialising in human rights and development. Her first novel was Days of Grace (Portobello, 2008).

More about the author →

From the Same Author

The Proof of Love

Catherine Hall

By the time the summer holidays begin, Spencer Little is keen to put the events of the past term at Cambridge behind him and a remote village in the Lake District seems to offer the perfect escape. But it’s not so easy to remain anonymous in a small community and, after striking up a friendship with ten year old Alice, Spencer also finds himself being drawn into other people’s lives. As the summer heatwave intensifies and a web of complicity tightens around him, Spencer realizes that he will eventually be forced to choose between loyalty and truth, between logic and passion.

Catherine Hall on

Fiction | The Online Edition

The Proof of Love

Catherine Hall

The Proof of Love won the Green Carnation Prize in 2011.