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A Shadow on the Sun by Francis Cottam

A Shadow on the Sun

Literary Fiction   Family Drama   Historical Fiction   
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This tortured soul, Julia, Polish escapee from a Nazi labour camp, pregnant and friendless carries with her an introduction to her lover’s great friend in Los Angeles, a Hollywood lawyer. So her new life in her adopted country is guaranteed. The big-shot lawyer becomes surrogate father to the child, Natasha, and life is good as we are fast-tracked through the 50s and into J F Kennedy’s inauguration. But the horrors of the war catch up with Julia and the innocent Natasha and the events of the author’s impressive first novel, Hamer’s War, overshadow this engrossing tale. Although the book is complete in itself, its appreciation will be enhanced if you read Hamer’s War too. I loved both and highly recommend them.

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A Shadow on the Sun by Francis Cottam

Polish war exile Julia Smollen has escaped the horrors of a Nazi labour camp to forge a new life in California with her daughter, Tasha. Sent to the best school her mother can afford, growing up through the Cold War and the Space Race and coming into contact with the aspiring young Democrat, Jack Kennedy, Tasha is precocious, wilful and politically engaged. As intensely close as Tasha and her mother are, however, she remains unaware of the true identity of her father, the courageous German officer Martin Hamer, who was fatally wounded helping the then-pregnant Julia flee her occupied homeland. But Julia cannot keep the truth hidden from her daughter forever. A sinister figure from the past is about to emerge, with his own dark, vengeful agenda.


'Cottam's novel is outstanding in its attention to historical detail and feel for the zeitgeist of the time ... this is a story of loyalty and enduring friendship that crosses all boundaries, as compelling as it is thoughtful and poignant'


About the Author

Francis Cottam was born in Southport, Merseyside, in 1957. A full-time journalist, he has lived and worked in London for the past twenty years. He is the author of thee previous novels: THE FIRE FIGHTER, HAMER'S WAR and SLAPTON SANDS.

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Book Info

Publication date

3rd January 2006


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Simon & Schuster Ltd


288 pages


Literary Fiction
Family Drama
Historical Fiction

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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