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Random Acts of Heroic Love by Danny Scheinmann is out in paperback at 12 euros.
This is one of the contenders for the Richard and Judy Book Club Awards 2008.
In 1992, Leo Deakin wakes up in a South American hospital, his girlfriend, Eleni, is dead and he doesn’t know where he is or how Eleni died.
He blames himself and is sucked into a spiral of despair but his life changes when he discovers something.
In 1917, Moritz Daniecki is a fugitive from a Siberian POW camp. Seven thousand kilometres stand between him and his village and sweetheart, whose memory has kept him alive.
The Great War may be over but Moritz now faces a perilous journey across a continent of civil war. When he arrives home, will his sweetheart she still be waiting?
Based on real events, the author skilfully interweaves the story between past and ‘present’ and paints a dramatic portrait of two men sustaining their lives through the memory of love.
An intelligent and emotive debut from a remarkable new writer of whom, I am sure, we will be seeing more.