The superb follow-up to the bestselling THE SOLDIER'S RETURN.
Longlisted for the Booker Prize
Deeply humane and acutely truthful Peter Kemp, Sunday Times
After the upheavals of the Second World War, the Richardson family Sam, Ellen and their young son Joe settle back to working-class life in the Cumbrian town of Wigton. Yet for them, as for so many, life will never be the same again. As the old order begins to be challenged and new vistas open, Sam and Ellen forge their future together with differing needs and desires - and conflicting expectations of Joe, who grows up with his own demons to confront.
It is as if these were the novels he was always waiting to write He catches brilliantly the volatility of emotions how happiness can curdle, anger flare, guilt build into terrror. Nicci Gerrard, Observer
A novel about being alive, the kind of slice-of-life novel that everyone feels they have inside them but few could write Brandon Robshaw, Independent on Sunday
This sequel to The Soldier's Return widely acclaimed as Melvyn Bragg s best novel is every bit as convincing and enjoyable This seems likely to become not only an outstandingly good series but one of the finest and most authentic records of the changes in English society, life and manners since the Second World War Allan Massie, Scotsman
Shot through with blazing integrity and authenticity Val Hennessy, Daily Mail
[A] deeply humane and acutely truthful novel - Peter Kemp, Sunday Times
A compelling sequel to his award-winning tour de force, THE SOLDIER'S RETURN - Frank Egerton, Financial Times
Full of a simple poetry that is deeply evocative . . . even better than THE SOLDIER'S RETURN - Carol Birch, Independent
A novel of remarkable power and grace . . . his authenticity is astounding - Roy Hattersley, The Times
Shot through with blazing integrity and authenticity - Val Hennessy, Daily Mail
Melvyn Bragg is a writer and broadcaster whose first novel, For Want of a Nail, was published in 1965. His novels since include The Maid of Buttermere, The Soldier's Return, Credo and Now is the Time, which won the Parliamentary Book Award for fiction in 2016. His books have also been awarded the Time/Life Silver Pen Award, the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and the WHSmith Literary Award, and have been longlisted three times for the Booker Prize (including the Lost Man Booker Prize).
He has also written several works of non-fiction, including The Adventure of English and The Book of Books about the King James Bible. He lives in London and Cumbria.