This fictionalised book is based on actual events, beginning with my parents' lives during World War II when they met and married. The title relates to the post-war trauma experienced by a soldier adapting to civilian life and the price there is to pay for unresolved anger and bitterness.
The novel goes on to chart my own experiences as a student and my political struggles. My involvement with the anti-Apartheid movement and with the poll tax demonstrations are dealt with in dramatic form in Chapter 3, as a conversation between two people at The Café Royal in Edinburgh.
There are funny stories about working in a pizza restaurant and dealing with angry customers, and moving letters to family members who died too young.
a tale of love, separation and bereavement
to offer a beacon of light to us all
I was born in Edinburgh in 1957 one of a family of five — three brothers and two sisters. I went to a Catholic secondary School and then to Aberdeen University where I studied History. I graduated in 1979 and underwent social work training in 1980, then worked in Aberdeen as a social worker for ten years.
I left social work and joined a life assurance company in 1991. I am married but have no children. I enjoy countryside walking, cycling, swimming, reading, classical music, theatre, cinema and writing.
Support from a capable writing tutor resulted in my writing a number of unpublished short stories. These helped develop my skill and confidence, resulting in this my debut novel.
‘The human race has one really effective weapon,
and that is laughter’
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