The Soldier’s Home, George Costigan

 

“A magnificent, big beast of a book!” – renowned playwright Willy Russell

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The Soldier’s Home is the stunning sequel to the bestselling debut, The Single Soldier, by actor and writer George Costigan.

‘Beautifully written.’ – Sally Wainwright

The war is over and his home was built…but a home is just a set of empty rooms without people and love. After surviving the devastation, secrets, lies and tragedies of a community under German occupation, can people now rekindle their lives, and rediscover their reasons for suriviving? As the soldier waits for the return of his love, the world keeps moving, threatening to leave his hopes and dreams behind….

History, secrets and painful truths collide in this astonishingly human, warm and emotive sequel from writer George Costigan.

 

  • Extensive regional and national coverage planned in all media. •Second novel of one of the UK’s best known – and best loved – actors

 

George Costigan is best known for Rita, Sue and Bob Too and more recently Happy Valley, his acting career has included working with Sally Wainwright, Willy Russell, Alan Clarke and Clint Eastwood. He has directed Daniel Day-Lewis and Pete Postlethwaite, and his writing for the stage includes several Liverpool Everyman pub shows and ‘Trust Byron’, for which he was nominated for Best Actor at the Edinburgh Festival. He and partner Julia North have three sons and one grandson and live in York.

 

My Review 

I was really looking forward to this novel and jumped at the chance to review it when I saw it was endorsed by one of my favourite playwrights, Willy Russell. This is the second novel in a series but it works well as a standalone. You could even read it as two shorter stories, Enid’s part and Simone’s part.  I adore books that are split like this. I enjoyed this book so much though that I am going to go back and read the first.  The book is very different from many others that I’ve read recently and it feels very original and confident. It flows beautifully and is poetically written.

Costigan is very observant and builds a gradual detailed picture and at no point does the book feel rushed.  The whole novel feels well researched and I think it would appeal to fans of historical fiction as well as romance.  I’ve been reading a lot of fast crime reads lately and this made for an enjoyable change of pace. I don’t normally read romance novels but I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Costigan really makes you care about his characters and I think that’s what’s most important. I am looking forward to more novels by George Costigan.

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