Jean Manuel

The Coward

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Tom Wall’s debut novel tells the story of a young man, Bill Rowe, who refuses to serve in the Second World War and is imprisoned for his conscientious objection.

The narrative moves back and forth between his memories and his life in prison, interspersed with perspectives from other characters.

Bill was born at the end of the First World War in the industrial north east of England. His father was deeply scarred by his experience of that war, became an alcoholic and had been unable to find decent work during the depression of the 1930s.

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