“A superb novel that breathes fresh life into an often brutal scenario. Particularly astute at demonstrating how war seeps into the psyche and changes it, this is beautifully written, funny, gut-wrenching and, above all, honest.” – Daily Mail review
I hope you’ll enjoy Everyone Brave is Forgiven. Like all my work, it begins with a question and goes deep into human psychology, humor and emotion in search of an answer. This time my question is “What is true bravery?” and to explore it I’ve used the real life inspiration of my grandparents in WWII. Stoical and funny, my grandfather was besieged on the island of Malta and given the job of looking after Winston Churchill’s son. Bright and fiercely principled, my grandmother taught children in and around London during the Blitz. Their improbable and beautiful courtship through long-distance wartime mail was the reason I wrote this book.
When I write I just want to give you a place to escape completely, where you can be yourself for a while. I hope Everyone Brave gives you that deep, immersive experience and that you emerge from it feeling strong and well.
With thanks and all good wishes,
“His best book to date” Esquire, 10 best novels of 2016
Guardian Literary Highlight of 2016
Washington Post 20 Books We Can’t Wait to Read in 2016
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Everyone Brave is Forgiven is inspired by the story of my grandparents:
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