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This is a beautifully written book – a single-sitting read for me. It draws you into the lives of the women and their very believable stories, and then cleverly drops in factual reminders of the crazy world at the time. It feels real, it paints pictures, it makes you care. Utterly brilliant.
by Sue Kerridge
I read this book in a day, compelled to read on and find out what was to happen to the very real characters I had grown to know and like so well. A genuinely moving read, charming and informative, that tells of the 'small' lives within great events.
by Dean Andrews
This cleverly written novel spans just a very brief period in 1968 and gives us an insight into the lives of three very ordinary Women, all from very different walks of life. We follow Rose, a nurse working in London, Mrs Johnson, whose son is in Vietnam, and Amalia, a hard working mother from Portugal.
It's a clever writer, I think, who creates characters that stay with you and whisper to you about their lives after you've finished the book - Rose in particular has been with me for quite some time now.
Their tales are interspersed with newspaper reports of what was happening around the World at the time and despite the fact the book is set 50 years ago, the World events are still very applicable to the society in which we live today.
by Waterstones Bookseller Review
Beautifully descriptive and touching read. You really feel for these three women and each of their stories, which are equally emotional, have you gripped wondering what will happen to them. Amalia is totally alone trying to raise her son, trapped in a way of life she is unable to escape from. Rose is alone in a strange country trying to better her own life and her family's amid prejudice and poverty and Mrs Johnson who is completely alone in her grief trying to come to terms with the loss of her son. The author makes these characters come to life and draws you in making you truly feel for them all.
by Annie Wright
'Sleeping Through War' is a boldly-conceived and powerful debut novel from talented playwright, Jackie Carriera.
We are introduced to the voices of three different female characters - one in London, England and two mothers, one in Washington DC and the other in Lisbon, Portugal. We learn that they are all living through the dramatic events of May, 1968, when most of the rest of the world seemed to be suffering from either social upheaval, student riots or full-scale war.
Using alternating chapters from each characters' point of view, Jackie takes us into the hearts and minds of her characters, laying bare their frail hopes and unspoken fears with gentle clarity.
By the end, we are friends with all three characters, and know them well. For me, the story was about how these women coped with loss, death and grief, and the lengths that mothers will go to in order to sacrifice themselves for their offspring.
A poignant read.
by Justin Newland
Jackie Carreira is a writer, designer, musician and co-founder of QuirkHouse Theatre Company. British-born of Portuguese parents, she grew up in East London and lived in Lisbon briefly as a child. After travelling the world playing music for several years, she hung up her bass guitar and picked up a pen. She's been writing ever since and twice been a winner of the Kenneth Branagh Award for New Drama. Some of her plays are available online via lazybeescripts.co.uk. If Jackie could have another life, she would be a full-time philosopher and get paid to ask questions all day. This is her first novel.