June 2016 Debut of the Month.
A captivating and very human tale that transports you to the heart of what really matters. Although set before, during and after the Second World War, this is by no means a novel just about war, it is rather, an insight into an internal battle and conflict. Initially it feels as though you are viewing Aldo from a distance, then his feelings and emotions start to push in and invade your thoughts until they are so close you could almost absorb them. The author handles the savagery and also the resilience and compassion of mankind with a deft and considerate touch. At times the feelings evoked are uncomfortable and difficult to digest, yet all feel necessary, realistic and authentic. With the ability to capture, influence and then hold fast to your heart and mind, this is a hauntingly beautiful and captivating read.
Russia, 1943. A girl from Leningrad, a soldier from Venice, stand together on the edge of wilderness. He is a shadow of a man, trapped behind wire, an enemy in her land. She takes something from her pocket, slips her hand through the wire, and catches her skin on one of the barbs. Up comes a tiny sphere of blood. 'Have this,' the man takes the gift - a small crust of bread, a little piece of hope. Its memory will keep him alive on his long journey home. And when home again, which way will he tip, which sentiment will be strongest? His quiet love for the girl who saved his life, his unfulfilled desire for vengeance, a burning desire to see Fausto Pozzi finally pay the price for the terrible thing that he has done?
|Publication date:||19th May 2016|
|Publisher:||Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited an imprint of Birlinn General|
|Primary Genre||Historical fiction|
Closing date: 12/12/2021
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Christopher Jory was born in 1968 in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He spent his early childhood in Barbados, Venezuela and finally Oxfordshire. He did a degree in English Literature and Philosophy at Leicester University and then worked as an English teacher for the British Council and other organisations in Italy, Spain, Crete, Brazil and Venezuela. He is currently a Publisher at Cambridge University Press. His first book, Lost in the Flames (Troubadour, 2011), was a moving account of RAF Bomber Command airmen and their families.More About Christopher Jory