The Letter Bearer

Robert Allison

Published: 6 March 2014
Trade Paperback, Demy PB
135x216mm, 272 pages
ISBN: 9781847088246

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Published: 5 February 2015
Paperback, B Format
129x198mm, 272 pages
ISBN: 9781847088260

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The Rider has no memory of who he is, or how he came to be lying - dying - in the brutal heat of the North African desert. Rescued by a band of deserters, the Rider begins to piece together his identity, based on shards of recollection and the letters in his post bag.

The Letter Bearer is unlike any other novel of World War Two. It asks profound questions about trauma, warfare and the experience of desertion. This gripping story asks us to consider how men build hope when they have nothing left - not even a name.

About the author

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Robert Allison has been a theatre director, a film music reviewer and a copy-editor. He lives in London. His debut novel, The Letter Bearer, was published by Granta Books in 2014 and was shortlisted for the 2014 Desmond Elliott Prize for New Writing. More about the author

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