The Photographer of the Lost (Hardback)Caroline Scott (author)
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Heart-rending and illuminating in equal measure, Scott’s sensitively handled novel focuses on those left behind after the carnage of the First World War and the fascinating vocation of the photographers hired by grieving families to capture images of gravestones of the fallen. Seamlessly combining panoramic mystery with intimate drama, The Photographer of the Lost is a beautiful tribute to the troops who lost their lives and the devotion of their loved ones.
In the aftermath of war, everyone is searching for answers...
An epic novel of forbidden love, loss, and the shattered hearts left behind in the wake of the First World War
'This excellent debut is a melancholic reminder of the rippling after-effects of war' - The Times
1921. The Great War is over and families are desperately trying to piece together the fragments of their broken lives. While many survivors have been reunited with their loved ones, Edie's husband Francis has not come home. He was declared 'missing, believed killed' during the war, but when Edie receives a mysterious photograph in the post, taken by Francis, hope flares. And so she begins to search.
Francis's brother, Harry, is also searching. Hired by grieving families to photograph gravesites, he has returned to the Western Front. As Harry travels through battle-scarred France, gathering news for British wives and mothers, he longs for Francis to be alive, so they can forgive each other for the last conversation they ever had. And as Harry and Edie's paths converge, they begin to get closer to a startling truth.
An incredibly moving account of an often-forgotten moment in history, The Photographer of the Lost tells the story of the thousands of soldiers who were lost amid the chaos and ruins, and the even greater number of men and women desperate to find them again.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Number of pages: 512
Dimensions: 234 x 153 x 35 mm
'There's only one word for this novel . . . and that's epic . . . A beautifully written must-read' * heat *
'This excellent debut is a melancholic reminder of the rippling after-effects of war' * The Times *
'A poignant hymn to those who gave up their lives for their country and to those who were left behind' -- Fanny Blake, author of A Summer Reunion
'The pain of not knowing where a son, brother or husband lies, and the guilt and psychological dissonance that torment survivors, are movingly conveyed in this terrific first novel' * Daily Mail *
'I was utterly captivated by this novel, which swept me away, broke my heart, then shone wonderful light through all the pieces' -- Isabelle Broom, author of One Winter Morning
'Beautiful, unflinching, elegiac: The Photographer of the Lost is going to be on an awful lot of Best Books of the Year lists, mine included . . . it's unforgettable' -- Iona Grey, author of The Glittering Hour
'A beautiful, tender novel which explores the aftermath of the Great War, and the shattered lives left behind. Written with gorgeous prose and a cast of memorable characters, this is a stunning debut which had me spellbound from the first page to the last' -- Hazel Gaynor, author of The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter
'What a stunningly beautiful book this is. Caroline Scott evokes the trenches of WWI and the heartache of the postwar period as vividly as if she had lived it herself . . . this is a powerful, redemptive novel, one that teaches us not only about history, but about our capacity for love. I could not put it down' -- Abigail DeWitt, author of News of Our Loved Ones
'A gripping, devastating novel about the lost and the ones they left behind' * RED *
'Scott has done an amazing job of drawing on real stories to craft a powerful novel' * Good Housekeeping *
'An amazing debut. It captivated me from start to finish and I can't recommend it highly enough' * NB Magazine *
'A deeply poignant and immersive novel . . . told in beautiful, elevated prose. I was completely caught up in these characters' stories.' -- Rachel Hore, author of The Love Child
What a wonderful debut novel. So accomplished. It grabs you from page one with such immediacy, such urgency. With a mystery at its heart and a moving, but page turning hook, I couldn't stop reading. -- Lorna Cook, author of The Forgotten Village
'Momentous, revelatory and astonishing historical fiction!'
* Historical Novel Society *
'A profoundly moving story of love and loss. The Photographer of the Lost is a sublimely rendered portrait of the search for answers amidst the chaos and devastation left behind in the aftermath of World War 1' -- Fiona Valpy, author of The Dressmaker's Gift
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The Photographer of the Lost is such a stunning book,a very memorable read.The story starts in 1921 after WW1 many thousands of men are missing and the Families left in limbo unable to move on and always hoping their... More
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“Captivated me from start to finish”
The Photographer of the Lost was not always an easy book to read. The subject matter is an emotive one and it's quite an intense story. But that story, and the writing, is utterly beautiful, so full of feeling. I... More
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