Really excited to share this with you – my first Eventbrite online Book launch! There’s a button to book tickets at the further down on this post, and I hope to see you there.
The inspiration for my novel came from this postcard. It was sent from Glasgow, to my mother in 1942, with a very brief address, ‘Kyle of Lochalsh, Ross-shire’. She was working at the hotel there which had been requisitioned by the Royal Navy and transformed into HMS Trelawney. The card came from her brother who had left his job as a fisherman on the Isle of Skye to sign up as a merchant seaman. Merchant sailors were the unsung heroes of the Second World War who kept Britain supplied with essential imports. John Norman, one of the central characters in my book, like my uncle, joined the merchant navy. Before signing on, he met Felicity, the upper-class daughter of a retired tea planter. This encounter was a prickly one but as their paths crossed in wartime a tentative friendship developed. While John Norman was involved in dangerous convoy duties Felicity was recruited to work at the secret code breaking centre of Bletchley Park. The impact of the War is refracted through the prism of their different perspectives. Can they navigate the dangers of war and overcome the differences between them?