The Forgotten


How do you rebuild a life from the ashes of despair?

London 1958. Twenty-six-year-old Betty Fisher is one of the first to join the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and attend its inaugural meeting, where she meets John Harris. Posted to Berlin towards the end of the war, John has been left traumatised by his experiences in Germany. And, as his initial admiration for Betty shifts into an overwhelming need to protect her, he is plagued by flashbacks and fantasies. John’s increasing fragility brings to the surface Betty’s own memories. And soon her past, too, begins to unravel…

Publisher: Oneworld Publications 
ISBN: 9781786079077 
Number of pages: 336 
Dimensions: 225 x 146 mm

‘Mary Chamberlain… has written another fine novel about lives shaped by the Second World War… a moving story…’ Nick Rennison, The Sunday Times.

‘Mary Chamberlain’s moving novel is a vivid and immersive exploration of the lasting impacts of war and how love can rise from the ashes.’ Woman’s Own.

‘Through a cast of memorable characters, [the novel] reveals the difficult choices faced by ordinary people, and their aftermath. A compelling work of fiction that’s grounded in real events.’ Choice Magazine:

‘Beautifully crafted, elegantly written, with characters to root for – I loved this heart-stopping tale.’

– Saskia Sarginson, author of The Bench

‘A riveting drama in the lingering shadows of the Second World War: the inherited, the lived, the choices made and the secrets they bring.’
– Cecilia Ekbäck, author of The Historians

‘In The Forgotten Mary Chamberlain offers us a masterclass in immersive wartime fiction. While Chamberlain is characteristically unflinching in her portrayal of the grim realities of war, The Forgotten is so much more than a catalogue of brutality. It is a pacy and compelling story of intrigue and espionage, and of how people can survive and love can endure. I loved it!’
– Sonia Velton, author of Blackberry and Wild Rose

‘I found myself lost in the world that Mary Chamberlain creates. Beautifully written, realistic on the human impact of war, with characters I fell in love with.’
– Louise Hare, author of This Lovely City

‘A fascinating, gripping and often heart breaking account of the aftermath of war and how trauma can echo through generations, The Forgotten sheds light on an often overlooked period of history – the dying embers of the Second World War, and the ordinary people left to pick up the pieces. Mary Chamberlain brilliantly explores the devastating toll of war on every side, the price paid by women for survival and the impossible choices ordinary people were forced to make, reminding us that history is never really in the past.’
– Sarah Day, author of Mussolini’s Island

Mary Chamberlain is a born storyteller. Each of her novels takes us immediately into a world we did not know enough about, brought vividly alive through the lives of characters who will stay with you long after the last page, Forgotten is  a triumph, the kind of novel you hate to finish…

Carmen Callil, founder of Virago press, author of Oh Happy Day: Those Times and These Times

In Mary Chamberlain’s latest, she proves yet again she is the master of gripping historical fiction. Engrossing, heartbreaking, and eloquently written, The Forgotten left me breathless. Chamberlain offers readers new perspectives on war, women, espionage, and what it takes to survive. 

–Lara Prescott, author of The Secrets We Kept