Reviews for The Bearer's Burden
In Diana Jones’ debut novel, we meet men at their tasks head-down, blunted by higher movements, distant quakes—the War their sinkhole and their centre. This is Joe Mathieson’s story and his voice has a tragic drive. You can hear in it dotted eighth notes, the snap of a strathspey. We pass with Joe through viscera, obscured horizon, towards unexpected apertures of joy."
—Garth Martens, Finalist for the 2014 Governor General’s Award for Poetry, and author of Prologue for the Age of Consequence
In Joe Mathieson, Diana Jones has created as poignant and engaging a character as you’ll ever meet in a novel, this naïve young Scot on his heartbreaking mission, cheeky, headstrong, conflicted and filled with longing in a wounded world. Beautifully written, deeply affecting."
—Tricia Dower, author of Silent Girl, Stony River and Becoming Lin.
I enjoyed your book The Bearer's Burden very much and appreciated how real it was. The characters really came to life and one could feel the angst and horror they were experiencing. My husband was a doctor in Korea during the Korean War in a mash unit and had similar experiences. He was only in his early 20s."