Edinburgh, World War Two. Ayrshire lass Agnes Thorne, just 17 and newlywed, is gamely trying to be the dutiful wife and fine Edinburgh lady, but aloof city folk are testing her spirit – as is her husband, Jeff.
Increasingly drawn into the Scottish independence movement and in awe of its charismatic leader, Jeff’s refusal to sign up for the British Army in such turbulent times threatens both his own liberty and his wife’s loyalty. Agnes thinks Jeff should stop worrying about Westminster and get on with fighting Hitler, and so do their disapproving neighbours.
When fate brings the war closer to her home than she could ever have imagined, Agnes realises that she will have to fight for her future. Audio recording: Alicia Ramsay. Audio editing: Sophie Franklin.
"A remarkable debut…dramatic and engaging" (Alan Warner)
"Shortlisted for the Historical Writers Association Debut Crown 2014" - "A remarkable debut … an excellent novel, dramatic and engaging, with a Buchan thrills quality.' (Alan Warner)
"The writing is fluid, lucent, clear, and the sense of secrecy is perfectly done. It's a brilliant achievement. As a first book, it's exceptional." (Manda Scott)
“Startlingly accomplished." (Julie Davidson, Sunday Herald)
“A novel of great intelligence and fluency” (Margaret Elphinstone)
“A compelling page-turner, with the plot’s twists and turns delivering constant surprises. And if you expect big ethical issues from a wartime novel, you won’t be disappointed: conscience, duty, loyalty, patriotism, nationality – and yes, love and tragedy – all loom large.” (Kritikus)
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