When I Come Home Again

by Caroline Scott (Author)
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**From the highly acclaimed author of The Photographer of the Lost, a BBC Radio 2 Book Club Pick**

‘A superb and quietly devastating novel about grief, hope and the horrific aftershocks of war’ The Times, Book of the Month

They need him to remember. He wants to forget.

In the last week of the First World War, a uniformed soldier is arrested in Durham Cathedral. When questioned, it becomes clear he has no memory of who he is or how he came to be there.
The soldier is given the name Adam and transferred to a rehabilitation home. His doctor James is determined to recover who this man once was. But Adam doesn’t want to remember. Unwilling to relive the trauma of war, Adam has locked his memory away, seemingly for good.
When a newspaper publishes a feature about Adam, three women come forward, each claiming that he is someone she lost in the war. But does he believe any of these women? Or is there another family out there waiting for him to come home?

Based on true events, When I Come Home Again is a deeply moving and powerful story of a nation’s outpouring of grief, and the search for hope in the aftermath of war.

Praise for When I Come Home Again:

‘A heartbreaking read which reveals the far-reaching tragedies of war… I highly recommend it’ Anita Frank

‘Caroline Scott’s quietly devastating second novel insightfully explores the impact of the Great War on returning soldiers and their families' S Magazine

‘A powerful story that’s achingly moving and most beautifully written. Readers of Maggie O’Farrell and Helen Dunmore are likely to enjoy’ Rachel Hore

‘Powerful… A carefully, nuanced, complex story’ Woman & Home

'Page turning, mysterious, engrossing and compelling' Lorna Cook

'A compulsive, heart-wrenching read' Liz Trenow

‘Caroline Scott evokes the damage and desolation of the Great War with aching authenticity' Iona Grey

'This beautiful and moving book drew me in from the first line and held me enthralled until the very end' Fiona Falpy

'Wonderful and evocative' Suzanne Goldring

‘A beautifully written novel – immersive, poignant, intricately woven’ Judith Kinghorn

‘Scott litters her tale with clues and red herrings in the best mystery-writer way so we are kept guessing as to where the truth really lies’ The BookBag

Book details

Publication date
October 29, 2020
Page count
Paper ISBN
File size
3 MB