About this book
A multi-layered new novel from the author of "Birdsong, Engleby" and "A Week In December". Soldiers, lovers, parents and children, scientists and musicians risk their bodies and their hearts in search of some connection in this novel which journeys across continents and time. "A Week In December" sold more than half a million copies and the critically acclaimed TV dramatisation of "Birdsong" was watched by more than 7 million people.
Terrified, a young prisoner in the Second World War closes his eyes and pictures himself going out to bat on a sunlit cricket ground in Hampshire. Across the courtyard in a Victorian workhouse, a father too ashamed to acknowledge his son. A skinny girl steps out of a Chevy with a guitar; her voice sends shivers through the skull.