Released on 25 February 2016.

Read extract  

A Time of War

3.83 based on 3 ratings & 1 reviews on


A Time of War offers a first-hand looks at the dangers, loves and everyday dramas of a Fleet Air Arm Training centre. Set in the West Country, it give a Wren's- eye view of the WWII - following a group of young women as they enter the services world. Mary Hocking's novel explores the gossip, the parties, and the tedium of wartime - and how the women and their friendships are tested by it.

The women found within cabin 8 have been forced together despite their differences. We meet Kerren, an Irish girl who starts her story swept away with the romance of war-time; Beatie, confident and unafraid; Jessie insecure and unsure of her place with the other girls; Robin, immaculate and standoffish and the other, changing inhabitants of cabin 8.

As each woman interacts with the war in her own, unique way, we build up a picture of the real life of wartime Britain through the people who lived through it.

In the media

Readable, serious and often witty. Miss Hocking has an acute eye for social behaviour
The Times