Released on 25 February 2016.

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The Hopeful Traveller

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A Time of War told the story of a group of Wrens on a West Country airfield, but now the war is over, the girls are dispersed, and must learn to endure the rigours of the early post-war years, as well as the boredoms and perplexities of civilian life.

While Kerren takes a job as a librarian and tries to forget her husband, who was killed in the war, her friend, Robin, has married a kind, conventional lawyer and lives in Cheltenham. But the lives of these two are still, though more remotely, linked; their reunions with other men and women from the old Station, and Kerren's efforts to adapt herself to a life far less sheltered than her wartime one, provide both comedy and some near-tragedy.

Mary Hocking drew on her own experiences as an ex-Wren to trace the changes of emotional temperature, the disillusionment and the challenges, the need to realize new ways of life and the necessity to re-create themselves, experienced by her characters in this wonderful novel.

In the media

Sequels are notoriously difficult to bring off, but Miss Hocking's The Hopeful Traveller is an exception. In her earlier book, A Time of War, she wrote about a group of Wrens on an airfield in the West Country. In this new one the station has been disbanded . . . The main problem facing the girls is how to adapt to civilian ways . . . Miss Hocking recreates this uneasy period of English domestic history with subtlety and humour.
Sunday Telegraph
The Hopeful Traveller, a successful sequel to the author's A Time of War, follows the ex-Wrens into Civvy Street . . . It shows a convincing understanding of young women. We seem to be looking out of their eyes as we read . . .
The Listener