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Sara Allerton was born in Lancashire but grew up in Yorkshire. After a gap year in Australia, she studied English literature at Oxford and then went to work as an English teacher in Spain. On returning to the UK, she continued to teach until she married and moved to Suffolk. She lives near Woodbridge with her husband and three children. Making Shore is her first novel.
Making Shore is a hugely accomplished debut novel from a small Scottish publisher. It's beautifully written with incredibly well-drawn characters who you really care about and you can even hear and smell the sights and sounds of wartime Atlantic. You feel the desperation but also the incredible determination and heroism of 19 year old merchant seaman Brian Clarke. This unforgettable and gripping novel takes its inspiration from reminiscences of merchant seaman Brian Clarke. A survivor of the Sithonia sinking, Brian, 86, was keen to highlight the great risks taken by Merchant Navy sailors to support the military war effort and keep supply lines open across the vast expanse of the Atlantic. Being based on a true event from the second World War this book is a port hole through which you can view a crucial part of WWII."Brian is an old family friend and though I had always been aware that he had survived a terrible ordeal during the war, I had no idea of its extraordinarily rich potential as the basis for a novel," explained Sara Allerton."In consequence, we had many long and detailed conversations about his experiences and in writing Making Shore, I tried to capture the essence of Brian’s story and weave together its horrors with the emotional drama it inspired in me.”