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 attended her mother's village school, a grammar school in Lincoln, then took an honours degree in English and a diploma in education. After some years' teaching, she had children and began to write. Although her award winning novel, Flames, was for adults, most of her books have been for children and adolescents. Many of them reflect her love of the Yorkshire Dales where she has lived for the last thirty years.
She has directed Ilkley Literature Festival, tutored for the Arvon Foundation, been a judge for the Constable Trophy (now defunct), encouraged imaginative writing in a gaol, held fellowships in creative writing. Occasionally she leads workshops, visits adult groups and schools.