2010 Shocked by the plane crash that has killed top Polish dignitaries, an elderly woman on the south coast of England is hit by an onslaught of memories; about her own part in Poland’s war, about her long-dead husband and about the ‘foreign girl’ who was her rival in love.
1943 After a forced landing in fog, English ferry pilot Vee Hurworth meets a foreign airman, Stefan Bergel, and then she can’t get him out of her mind. In occupied Poland, Ewa Hartman hosts German officers in her family guest house whilst secretly working for the Polish resistance. But she has not stopped mourning her lost love, Stefan who was captured by the Soviets at the start of the war.
Then comes news of mass graves in Russia filled with the bodies of Polish officers. Haunted by guilt about his own part in the war crime, Stefan has a daring plan to expose the real culprits behind the genocide. But his desperate quest for justice will put Vee and Ewa’s lives in jeopardy as well as his own.
FALL tells the story of three lives altered forever by a fatal choice made amidst the terror of a massacre. The truth lies buried for decades and only one of the three will live to see the long aftermath of the killings.
Carolyn Kirby studied history at Oxford University and novel writing at Faber Academy. Her novel Half of You, a thriller set in 1880’s Birmingham, follows its troubled protagonist’s search for the roots of her scarred personality amidst the origins psychiatry and new ideas about ‘Nature versus Nurture.’ As the dark secrets of her past unravel, Cora must decide if her own nature is an unalterable product of biology and upbringing or if she has the strength to change.
The book was runner-up in the Daniel Goldsmith First Novel Prize in 2017. Darcy Nicholson, one of the...
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