My first Beryl Bainbridge. I'd always thought she was more Catherine Cookson but this cover appealed with
Although Master Georgie is the central character this is more from the perpective of people around him. Movng from home to the Crimea and cross country on arrival it does describe the situation well alongside the reactions of people landed there. From upstanding English gentlewomen to accepting of alternate lifestyles when under pressure to conform to survive we get to see how a romantic notion of war is quickly dispelled.
Whilst some of the writing seems to jump around even within one person's narrative this is still a good introduction to Bainbridge.
Publisher - Abacus