'Matthew Zajac s breathtaking investigation of his father s mysterious past has taken him into the darkest corners of Central Europe s 20th century history. Out of a merely curious son develops a forensic investigator who peels back the lies hiding truths not just about Nazism and Stalinism but also the puzzling but energetic mendacity of his own father. Zajac s winning personality, however, turns what might have been a sustained exploration of pessimism into a revelatory and uplifting examination of self, family and national identity. Matthew s final discovery is heart-stopping and sincerely moving. This book ploughs a parallel furrow to The Hare with Amber Eyes. --Misha Glenny
'Mesmerising and lyrical.' --Annie Brown, Sunday Mail
'Matthew Zajac has seamlessly gathered subtle patterns of narrative and worked them into a vivid, rare and elegant whole. I was transfixed by a story as compelling, mutable and uncomfortable as truth must sometimes be. This is a brave and unforgettable work that will leave your mind spinning as you contemplate the yarns that make up your own sense of identity.' --Kevin MacNeil, author of A Method Actor's Guide to Jekyll and Hyde
'Zajac slowly peels back the layers of half truths and lies to discover that his father's mysterious life was far more complicated than the simple picture that had been presented to him as a young boy. The author brings to life brilliantly the effects that the war had on his own family and the way that it fractured their lives forever.' --Scottish Field
A wonderful storyteller....part travelogue, part history, part biography and, at times deeply moving, this is a real page-turner --Susan, Aberdeen Press & Journal
...his father s recordings hid the truth. That is what makes this book compelling. --Douglas Osler, The Scotsman
...engrossing....written with tremendous affection. --Alastair Mabbot, The Herald
The Tailor of Inverness is a story of journeys, of how a boy who grew up on a farm in Galicia (Eastern Poland, now Western Ukraine) came to be a tailor in Inverness. His life spanned most of the 20th century. His story is not straightforward. He was taken prisoner by the Soviets in 1939 and forced to work east of the Urals, then freed in an amnesty after the German invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941. He then joined the thousands of Poles who travelled to Tehran, then Egypt, to be integrated into the British Army, fighting in North Africa and Italy. He was then resettled in Britain in 1948, joining his brother in Glasgow. This is the story he told.