June 1939: In a hotel room overlooking Piccadilly Circus, two young men are arrested. One is court-martialled for ‘conduct unbecoming’; the other 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: A British diplomat, held hostage in an Afghan cave for eleven harrowing years, is unexpectedly freed. He returns to London to find his wife is dead. Numb with grief, he attempts to re-build his life and answer the questions that are tormenting him. Was his wife’s death an accident? Who paid his ransom? And how is his release linked to what his father did in the Second World War?
“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.”
The Road Between Us is published by Doubleday in June 2013
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