We are delighted to announce our first fiction title, due for release in June, by new talent Sara Allerton. Her impressive debut, Making Shore, is already collecting accolades from the first proof copies:
"A remarkable imaginative achievement... a compelling story" –Edward Stourton
'This breathtaking debut novel deals with man's harrowing struggle for survival in a hostile sea, but this book is so much more – a life-affirming account of love, camaraderie, anguish and coming of age, played out against a backdrop of the Atlantic swell. Making Shore is destined to become a true maritime classic.'
–Angus Konstam, author of 'Sovereigns of the Sea', 'Piracy' and 'Naval Miscellany'
"This is a brilliantly conceived story of endurance and romance, in which Sara Allerton's mastery of detail and sympathy with her characters fully engage the reader. It held me enthralled until the last sentence." -Lord Butler of Brockwell
'I don't cry much over books, but this one brought a great lump to my throat. It is an extraordinary story – the grim face of war, chirpy unassuming courage, and running through, the need to keep faith whatever the cost. In the end, I did weep, but not from sorrow or despair.' –Andrew Wheatcroft, author of 'The Enemy at the Gate'.
'The profoundly moving story of a brotherly bond forged in unimaginable wartime suffering, of the bitterness of a terrible promise honoured, and, above all, of the hope-giving, life-sustaining selflessness of true love. Making Shore is a powerful and remarkable novel.’ -The Army Children Archive
Torpedoed by a German U-boat, adrift on the open ocean, gravely weakened and slowly dying of thirst - the odds of making shore are lengthening with each gruelling hour. Deliverance from purgatory on a decaying lifeboat will take something far more remarkable than sheer endurance...