The Winter Soldier

Daniel Mason

03 October 2019
352 pages


From the bestselling author of The Piano Tuner, comes Daniel Mason's The Winter Soldier, a story of love and medicine through the devastation of the First World War.

'Part mystery, part war story, part romance, The Winter Soldier is a dream of a novel' - Anthony Doerr, author of All The Light We Cannot See.

Vienna, 1914: Lucius is a young, idealistic medical student, whose life takes an unexpected turn with the outbreak of the Great War. Volunteering in the name of heroic battlefield tales, he finds himself in a catastrophic field-hospital, besieged by typhus, and thrust into a grueling learning process from the only remaining nurse.

The real test of his resolve comes with the arrival of an enigmatic soldier, his uniform filled with mysterious drawings. He seems beyond rescue, until Lucius makes a fateful decision that will change the course of his life.

The Winter Soldier carries you from the grand ballrooms of Imperial Vienna to the icy trenches of the Eastern Front, in a gripping story of the tragedies of war, the struggles for redemption, and a poignant exploration of love born amidst despair.

Part mystery, part war story, part romance, The Winter Soldier is a dream of a novel — impeccably researched and totally immersive
One of the finest prose stylists in American fiction
Utterly convincing and written with a lyricism that belies the horrors it so unflinchingly describes