The Scottish Highlands, 1943 A family torn apart by the secrets of war.
In a remote corner of Scotland something momentous is underway. When Effie’s father receives notice to quit Kirk Farm, the lives of the Ross family and those of the whole community are utterly disrupted.
But for Effie – irrepressible, beautiful, vital – wartime changes bring her close to Toni, an Italian prisoner of war sent to work on the farm. Before long, the young couple are planning a future together when the war is finally over.
It’s a future that’s under threat from the start. For there are those among them who cannot quite be trusted. Someone is determined to find out what lies behind the upheaval – and to feed those secrets into enemy hands. To stop them will create devastation beyond anything anyone could have imagined.
Based on true events of the Second World War, this evocative novel captures the emotions, dangers and atmosphere of the days when the world faced its darkest hour.
Published: 6th June 2018
Format: Paperback 198x129mm
Extent: 336 pages
Highland-based author Philip Paris is best known for his books about Orkney’s famous WW2 Italian chapel, the historical fiction The Italian Chapel and the non-fiction Orkney’s Italian Chapel: The True Story of an Icon. His varied work includes Men Cry Alone, a contemporary novel that broke new ground in raising the profile of domestic abuse against men and which won the 2019 Scottish Association of Writers’ Barbara Hammond trophy. Casting Off, a hilarious novel about residents in a Highland care home, was based on his sell-out stage play of the same name.
“An engaging tale that reveals the depths to which human beings are driven to by passion, loyalty and resentment. Effie’s War is an intriguing, twisting and turning journey and an outstanding page-turner that you won’t be able to put down.”
MILLIE GRAY author of Silver Linings