Hard-hitting story of war and its impact on people, through the eyes of a young generation uncovering the past.
Rigby's grandfather, Gilbert, has wandered from home and is roaming the Yorkshire countryside in distress. Finding an old map in his grandfather's home, peculiarly annotated and marked by his grandfather, Rigby begins to realise that it duplicates Normandy: the marked sites mirror places in another place and other time - the days following the Normandy landings in 1944.
He is drawn down an elusive trail into the past, hunting old memories and new truths to the heart of his grandfather's youth in the raw days of the War. It shakes the very foundations of Rigby's own young life, and as he discovers the secret about another soldier - the quest becomes an inner journey for Rigby. He learns of the feelings of young men caught in the terrors and misery of the battlefield, and the impact of their lives on generations to come.
exceptionally moving and extensively researched World War II story. The narrative unfolds like a film, enhanced by the beautifully evoked Yorkshire setting and raw recreation of the terrifying reality of the battlefield ... a memorable and thought-provoking read ... - The School Librarian
an intriguing story of war and its impact on the people who lived through it, seen and told through the eyes of a new, innocent generation. - Ilkley Gazette
'Impressive powers of description and insightful portrayal of character ... Oldham is a thrilling writer. Her prose is uncluttered, poised, precise and evocative' - TES
The power of Oldham's language and imagery will remain indelibly in readers' memories - booklist
'Oldham weaves a gripping narrative with evocative, lyrical prose' - TES
June Oldham is the prize-winning author of more than a dozen books for children and adults. She was brought up in Lincolnshire, read English at university and has two children. June has taught in colleges of further education and enjoys walking on the moors. She is married to an actor and has lived in Yorkshire for over twenty years, where she sets many of her novels.