THE WALLS WE BUILD
Publication date: 23rd March 2020
I began work on this book in late 2016. It has been very much a labour of love. The idea for the novel grew from a photo of Churchill addressing his troops in North Africa during WW2, but the story soon turned into a fascinating undertaking, mushrooming into a mystery, a tragedy but also an unconventional love story.
The Walls We Build is a story about misguided honour, thwarted love and redemption, and charts the repercussions of a chain of tragic events within three generations of one family, reverberating from 1920s England, across the wasteland of WW2 and into the present day.
Three friends …
Growing up in the 1920s against the backdrop of Chartwell, Winston Churchill's country home, Frank, Florence and Hilda are inseparable. But as WW2 casts its menacing shadow their relationships grow more complex and Frank – employed as a bricklayer on the vast estate – makes choices that will haunt him for the rest of his life and beyond the grave, impacting his grandson’s too.
Two Secrets …
Shortly after Frank's death in 2002 Florence writes to Richard, Frank’s grandson, hinting at the darkness hidden within his family’s past. Intrigued, Richard begins to uncover disturbing secrets surrounding his beloved grandfather’s life, including a pivotal encounter between Frank and Churchill during the war and the existence of a mysterious relative in a psychiatric hospital.
One Hidden Life …
What more will Florence reveal about Frank – and herself – and is Richard ready to hear?
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