June 1939: In a hotel room overlooking Piccadilly Circus, two young men are arrested. Charles is court-martialled for “conduct unbecoming”; Anselm is deported home to Germany for “re-education” in a brutal labour camp. Separated by the outbreak of war, and a social order that rejects their love, they must each make a difficult choice, and then live with the consequences.
April 2012: Edward, a diplomat held hostage for eleven years in an Afghan cave, returns to London to find his wife is dead, and in her place is an unnerving double – his daughter, now grown up. Numb with grief, he attempts to re-build his life and answer the questions that are troubling him. Was his wife’s death an accident? Who paid his ransom? And how was his release linked to Charles, his father?
“As dark and nuanced as it is powerful and moving, The Road Between Us is a novel about survival, redemption and forbidden love. Its moral complexities will haunt the reader for days after the final page has been turned.”
Rich, unsparing and exquisitely textured […] though the ravishing poise of his prose rarely falters, it is subordinated to the need to insinuate the reader in his characters’ hearts and minds, as they endure the most desperate extremes. If Farndale is most interested in how the capacity to love can outlast war, the vestiges of hope within this achingly poignant novel are hard earned indeed.
Benjamin Evans, The Telegraph
“Farndale is an exceptional storyteller… An elegant and atmospheric fiction about survival and redemption.”
Sebastian Shakespeare, Tatler
“The beauty of this novel lies in Farndale’s ability to wrap some testing moral questions around a fantastic story…A book that has at its core a passionate examination of the meaning of love.”
Praise for the Costa Prize shortlisted ‘The Blasphemer’
‘A fine novel; strange and unforgettable.’ The Times
‘Beautiful… Farndale’s elegant prose, his storytelling ability and the wise tolerance with which he views… his characters lend his exhilarating novel a tenderly redemptive afterimage.’
The Sunday Telegraph
‘Does suspense exceptionally well… A terrifically exciting and thought-provoking must-read.’
The Daily Mail
‘I finished this novel knowing that I had read something tremendous. The Blasphemer has real intellectual texture. And to take on the First World War as so many have done and make it fresh is remarkable.’
‘A constantly engaging and witty novel from a tremendously clever writer.’
The Daily Telegraph
‘I drank in The Blasphemer in huge lungfuls, and mourned it when it was finished. For anyone who loved Atonement or Birdsong, this is the generational novel at its best.’
Mail on Sunday