About this book
A highly accomplished novel of family relationships, which also serves as a vivid and compelling study of memory and the various ways in which the violent past returns to haunt and distort the present. 30,000 copies sold in Viking hardcover. "Never less than compulsively readable." Margaret Forster. "Utterly compelling" Alan Massie. From the author of the "Regeneration Trilogy".
At 101 years old, Geordie, a proud Somme veteran, lingers painfully through the days before his death. His grandson Nick is anguished to see this once-resilient man haunted by the ghosts of the trenches and the horror surrounding his brother's death. But in Nick's family home the dark pressures of the past also encroach on the present.