Small Wars: A Novel and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
  • List Price: $14.99
  • Save: $2.51 (17%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 3 left in stock.
Ships from and sold by
Gift-wrap available.
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Used: Good | Details
Sold by giggil
Condition: Used: Good
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Small Wars: A Novel (P.S.) Paperback – Bargain Price, January 4, 2011

See all 24 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
"Please retry"
Paperback, Bargain Price
"Please retry"
$1.65 $0.97
Multimedia CD
"Please retry"

This is a bargain book and quantities are limited. Bargain books are new but could include a small mark from the publisher and an price sticker identifying them as such. Details

Frequently Bought Together

Small Wars: A Novel (P.S.) + The Siege of Krishnapur (New York Review Books Classics)
Price for both: $26.39

Buy the selected items together

If you buy a new print edition of this book (or purchased one in the past), you can buy the Kindle edition for only $2.99 (Save 69%). Print edition purchase must be sold by Amazon. Learn more.

Hero Quick Promo
Browse in Books with Buzz and explore more details on selected titles, including the current pick, "The Bone Clocks" by David Mitchell.

Product Details

  • Series: P.S.
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (January 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061929891
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061929892
  • ASIN: B006G8D5SY
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #928,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. In her excellent second novel (after The Outcast), Jones sets a couple down in turbulent 1956 Cyprus as the Cypriots seek union with Greece and resist British rule. British army major Hal Treherne is dispatched to Cyprus, taking along his wife, Clara, and their young twin girls. There, they fight separate, but equally maddening, battles—Clara as an army wife with babies in an increasingly dangerous land, and Hal on the front lines where, yearning for firefights, he is instead haunted by his lack of control when torture and rape occur at the hands of his own men. While Hal dodges mortal danger, Clara tries to keep the homefront together, struggling to remain supportive of him as she remains isolated with the twins and he is tormented by the violence he witnesses. After Clara narrowly avoids death, Hal makes a split-second decision with powerful implications for their future. The narrative is excruciatingly tense and also graced with real emotion as a marriage is pushed to the brink and loyalties are stretched and broken. It's the perfect mix of poignant and harrowing. (Jan.)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist

Jones’ debut novel, The Outcast (2008), won the Costa First Novel Award in Great Britain. In her sophomore effort, she deploys the same coolly dispassionate style in a novel about how the demands of war warp human emotions, both for the soldiers and the women who love them. Hal Treherne is a major in the British Army transferred to Cyprus in the 1950s, where he is joined by his wife, Clara, and their twin daughters. Although Hal is eager to enter the fray after years spent performing routine training exercises, he is unprepared for the moral quagmire that is Cyprus. In a war resonant of the current conflict in Afghanistan, homemade roadside bombs are the weapons of choice, and they are often planted by preteen boys. Torturous interrogation methods, brutal retaliation by frustrated British soldiers, and an inflexible army hierarchy conspire to undermine Hal’s dedication. Meanwhile, Clara becomes increasingly afraid of her husband, whom she no longer recognizes. A thought-provoking meditation that powerfully evokes both the costs of waging war and the loving bonds of marriage. --Joanne Wilkinson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Sadie Jones's first novel, THE OUTCAST, was published to wide critical acclaim and won the Costa First Novel Award in Great Britain. It was also a finalist for the prestigious Orange Prize, as well as a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for First Fiction. A year later, she published her second novel, SMALL WARS, a tale of love, war, and honor, again to impressive critical praise. THE UNINVITED GUESTS is her brilliant third book, a complete departure from her earlier novels, and a small masterpiece. Sadie Jones lives in London.

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
See all 39 customer reviews
It certainly broadens one's understanding of conflict in a profound way.
Elaine Campbell
In the meantime, we are feeling what it's like to live this life in Cyprus - great descriptions and settings, realistic dialogue, real characters.
Barbara McArthur
This is a compelling and intelligent book, one that will keep the reader engrossed from beginning to end.
Bonnie Brody

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jill I. Shtulman TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 14, 2009
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
This is a riveting achievement -- perhaps the most personal and devastating novels about the effects of war on the human soul that I have ever read.

At the center of this book is Hal Treherne, a major in the British Army, called to duty to the British colony of Cyprus. There, he and his beautiful young wife, Clara, and their two baby daughters, set up life in the midst of escalating skirmishes.

Like the mythical Dorian Gray, Major Treherne initially becomes infatuated...with the glory of war. But his euphoria quickly fades. Early on, he directs a siege, where an ambush group pours petrol down the exit shaft of a cave, followed by grenades, and stands by as men -- either blackened or burned -- come stumbling out. Gradually, this, and other debaunched acts, darken his soul while outwardly, he gives the appearance of being successful and in command.

Even finding comfort with Clara becomes impossible. Sadie Jones writes: "Without looking at her, he took his eye down her horizon...small hill for head, little steep valley into neck, hill off shoulder, deep valley to wait...not a home landscape then, an island." The love and sustenance this couple found in each other disintegrates; although it is not defined, this is a devastating portrait of post traumatic stress disorder.

As Hal and Clara each struggle -- separately and alone -- to remain human in an inhuman world, the atrocities begin to hit home. And Hal is faced with a choice: to make a separate peace or to continue the insanity.

This is an extraordinarily polished book; Sadie Jones knows just when to lead the reader with lush detail and when to step back and let the reader's imagination take over. It evokes books such as Ian McEwan's Atonement,Hemingway's Farewell to Arms, and Kate Grenville's The Lieutenant, but yet carves a niche all its own. I will not soon forget it.
9 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Karie Hoskins VINE VOICE on December 22, 2009
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
In the day and a half since I finished "Small Wars", I've spent more time going over the events and characters than when I was actually reading the book. As this novel was unfolding, I had such a sense of dread as to what the final results might be, that I had to set it aside a few times just to take a break.

Hal and Clara Treherne are the main characters of "Small Wars" - a book set in the mid-1950s, but who live out a story that could be, and probably is, taking place today. It's a story about war, about winning a war - even when "winning" has been poorly defined, and even when the costs may be even greater to the victor than to the vanquished.

This story is so sad, and so's been haunting me. Soldiers and their families are going through these very experiences as I write this. The brutality of war, the isolation of a foreign language and culture, the crippling doubt of what is right and what is wrong in a time of war...and trying to reconcile the person one must become to withstand war with the person one is to one's family.

It's a story about how much a person can accept under extreme circumstances - both in actions taken and things experienced - while still holding on to one's soul.

"He was left on his own then to sleep, but confined by physical pain and the shame of his weakness, he didn't sleep. In the dark part of the night, after the moon had gone and before the sun came up, he died. He died of a heart-attack, which couldn't have been prevented, and perhaps was nobody's fault, but it was a very lonely death, and fearful."

Hal, the textbook 1950's British soldier, is stationed in Cypress and brings his wife Clara and their twin daughters with him.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Samantha Williams on November 4, 2010
Format: Hardcover
"Small Wars," the second novel by Sadie Jones, hauntingly describes the impact war can have on a soldier and his family, and vividly details one man's detachment from himself and those he loves in the face of extreme brutality.

The story begins with Hal Treherne's graduation from the Sandhurst military academy in 1946, and highlights his pride in serving as an officer in the British military, but also his growing love for his future wife Clara Ward. After marrying, Hal is stationed in post-war Germany, where he and Clara have twin daughters. Hal laments his lack of combat during his first posting and naively wishes to take part in serious fighting. Finding himself transferred to Cyprus, which is the midst of rebelling against the dying British Empire, Hal is soon joined by his family and they begin to settle into an environment in which the local population becomes increasingly hostile to the British presence.

Tensions on Cyprus steadily increase, with the Greek Cypriots seeking union with Greece, and the Turkish Cypriots allying themselves with the British. Hal finally gets his wish to participate in military skirmishes, but after an initial high has to deal with the reality that soldiers under his command were killed. As violence swells and British soldiers find themselves increasingly under attack Hal realizes that, in retaliation for the loss of their comrades, some of the soldiers under his command are participating in brutal acts of revenge against the local population. Additionally, fearing that British attempts to win the "hearts and minds" of the Greeks could be irreparably damaged if such information were leaked, Hal's commanding officer orders such incidents covered up.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Customer Images

Most Recent Customer Reviews

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?