A British novelist best known for his richly immersive historical fiction, Andrew Miller's first novel, Ingenious Pain, won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. His other works are: Casanova, Oxygen (which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the Whitbread Novel of the Year Award), The Optimists, One Morning Like A Bird, Pure, which won the Costa Book of the Year Award 2011, The Crossing and 2018's Now We Shall Be Entirely Free.
One rainswept winter's night in 1809, an unconscious man is carried into a house in Somerset. He is Captain John Lacroix, home from Britain's disastrous campaign against Napoleon's forces in Spain.
Gradually Lacroix recovers his health, but not his peace of mind. He will not - cannot - talk about the war or face the memory of what took place on the retreat to Corunna. After the command comes to return to his regiment, he sets out instead for the Hebrides, unaware that he has far worse to fear than being dragged back to the army: a vicious English corporal and a Spanish officer with secret orders are on his trail.