A compelling novel based on an unlikely but true story of loss and love during the tragic unfolding of the First World War.
Major Tom's War is a powerful account of the impact of WWI on a doomed generation and on one Indian Army cavalry officer in particular.
Why is Bengal-born solicitor Tom Westmacott desperate to flee Calcutta in 1914? And why does Evie Winnington-Ingram, who has good cause to hate him, agree to his proposal of marriage? Their dark, shared past initially drives them apart. War forces them to face up to a harrowing present before they emerge, together, into an unexpected future.
The author spins a unique tale of authentic experiences from her family's archive full of memorable characters: her grandfather Tom, the proud and damaged cavalry officer; his nurse and reluctant bride, Evie; Tom's vicious nemesis, Lochdubh; Amar Singh, the steadfast leader of the Sikhs; Tom's protector, Harnam Singh; the reckless yet terrified young lieutenant, Reggie Durand; Gaston Derome, the hero mayor of Bavay, a French town clinging to survival under the heel of the invader; and four unforgettable horses.
VEE WALKER is a natural storyteller and an experienced museums and heritage consultant. While working on her first book she discovered an unknown family tragedy that ultimately led her to spend seven years researching and writing Major Tom’s War. This novel is based on her grandfather’s war diary scrapbook, which was assembled by her grandmother, Evie.
Allison & Busby
Paperback - B format
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