When I Come Home Again

When I Come Home Again

A beautiful and heartbreaking WWI novel, based on true events

Caroline Scott


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**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.

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:

'Breathtaking exploration of loss, love and precious memories’ My Weekly, Pick of the Month

‘A heartbreaking read… I highly recommend it’ Anita Frank

‘This beautiful book packs a huge emotional punch’ Fabulous

‘Achingly moving and most beautifully written’ Rachel Hore

‘Quietly devastating… insightfully explores the impact of the Great War on returning soldiers and their families' Daily Mail

'Drew me in from the first line and held me enthralled until the very end' Fiona Falpy

‘Powerful… A carefully, nuanced, complex story’ Woman & Home

'A compulsive, heart-wrenching read' Liz Trenow

‘A carefully nuanced, complex story’ Woman’s Weekly

'Page turning, mysterious, engrossing and compelling' Lorna Cook

'A poignant story about love and loss’ Best

‘Caroline Scott evokes the damage and desolation of the Great War with aching authenticity' Iona Grey

‘Based on true events, this is a powerful story’ Bella

‘Wonderful and evocative’ Suzanne Goldring

‘An evocative read’ heat

‘Immersive, poignant, intricately woven’ Judith Kinghorn

‘Scott’s tense and compelling mystery… ­is a timely reminder that the repercussions of war are lasting, painful and tragic’ Lancashire Post

‘The story left me breathless. Powerful, heartrending, and oh so tender’ Kate Furnivall

‘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


Caroline Scott:
Caroline completed a PhD in History at the University of Durham. She has a particular interest in the experience of women during the First World War, in the challenges faced by the returning soldier, and in the development of tourism and pilgrimage in the former conflict zones. Caroline is originally from Lancashire, but now lives in south-west France.