When I Come Home Again
A beautiful and heartbreaking WWI novel, based on true events
**From the highly acclaimed author of The Photographer of the Lost, a BBC Radio 2 Book Club Pick**
‘A superb and quietly devastating novel about grief, hope and the horrific aftershocks of war’ The Times, Book of the Month
They need him to remember. He wants to forget.
1918. In the last week of the First World War, a uniformed soldier is arrested in Durham Cathedral. When questioned, it becomes clear he has no memory of who he is or how he came to be there.
The soldier is given the name Adam and transferred to a rehabilitation home. His doctor James is determined to recover who this man once was. But Adam doesn’t want to remember. Unwilling to relive the trauma of war, Adam has locked his memory away, seemingly for good.
When a newspaper publishes a feature about Adam, three women come forward, each claiming that he is someone she lost in the war. But does he believe any of these women? Or is there another family out there waiting for him to come home?
Based on true events, When I Come Home Again is a deeply moving and powerful story of a nation’s outpouring of grief, and the search for hope in the aftermath of war.
Praise for When I Come Home Again:
'Scott unravels her haunting tale in unpretentious but persuasive prose' Sunday Times
‘A heartbreaking read… I highly recommend it’ Anita Frank
'Breathtaking exploration of loss, love and precious memories’ My Weekly, Pick of the Month
‘Achingly moving and most beautifully written’ Rachel Hore
‘This beautiful book packs a huge emotional punch’ Fabulous
‘Drew me in from the first line and held me enthralled until the very end' Fiona Valpy
‘Quietly devastating' Daily Mail
'A compulsive, heart-wrenching read' Liz Trenow
‘Powerful’ Woman & Home
'Page turning, mysterious, engrossing and compelling' Lorna Cook
‘A carefully nuanced, complex story’ Woman’s Weekly
‘Caroline Scott evokes the damage and desolation of the Great War with aching authenticity' Iona Grey
‘A poignant story about love and loss’ Best
‘Wonderful and evocative’ Suzanne Goldring
‘Based on true events, this is a powerful story’ Bella
‘Immersive, poignant, intricately woven’ Judith Kinghorn
‘An evocative read’ heat
‘The story left me breathless. Powerful, heartrending, and oh so tender’ Kate Furnivall
‘Scott’s tense and compelling mystery… is a timely reminder that the repercussions of war are lasting, painful and tragic’ Lancashire Post
‘Scott litters her tale with clues and red herrings in the best mystery-writer way so we are kept guessing as to where the truth really lies’ The BookBag