Shades of Charles Dickens work ... this offbeat, refreshingly absorbing Civil War novel features impeccable research ... Along with the two well-drawn narrators, the novel boasts several wonderful secondary characters. --Kirkus Reviews -Blue Starred
The sights and smells of dockside Liverpool come alive in ways reminiscent of Dickens. So, too, do class conflicts tinged, as they frequently were, by issues of race. --Richard Blackett, Professor of History at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, and author of Divided Hearts: Britain and the American Civil War
First class storytelling. An addictive novel with love and gunsmoke and a tremendous feel for its time and its settings Victorian Liverpool and the American Civil War lived out by characters of real passion and true human complexity. --Paul Du Noyer, author of Liverpool: Wondrous Place and founding editor of MOJO
About the Author
David Chadwick has been writing fiction all his adult life. Coping with two major health battles, twenty years apart, has intensified his motivation to write. He is an experienced journalist and has been running his own journalism and public relations consultancy since 2001, writing about business and economic issues. Previously, he was a PR manager at global accountancy firm KPMG, and before that, a government press officer. He has held a number of senior editorial positions on daily newspapers across the country and his freelance work has appeared in national titles from the Guardian to the Sun. Born and raised in Bolton, David took a bachelor's degree in history and politics at Queen Mary, University of London, and a master's in creative writing at Manchester Metropolitan University. David has co-written a non-fiction book about the Battle of the Atlantic, and jointly edited two short story collections. He has a life-long interest in maritime history and is a keen sailor. He lives with his family in Greater Manchester.