Original 2012 paperback sold out. New revised edition coming November 2018.
Lying about his age to join the army, Edinburgh teenager Jamie Melville comes to the attention of his battalion’s new colonel, Winston Churchill, who is seeking redemption in the trenches as an ordinary soldier after his resignation over the Dardanelles fiasco in 1915. Jamie becomes the colonel’s new ‘batman’ (a.k.a. orderly) and is soon thrust into the line of fire.
After the conflict, Churchill returns to the cabinet, and Jamie’s service continues as assistant to Winston’s private secretary. He will soon learn how to do battle on a very different front, and meet some of the extraordinary characters who inhabit post-war London – as well as making contact with his own broken family, and fighting for a life he can call his own.
“Woodburn offers an excellent portrayal of Churchill ... a novel not to be missed.”
— Finest Hour magazine
“An outstanding book ... Memorable, eminently readable, and thoroughly enjoyable.”
— Undiscovered Scotland
Date Published: 2012-10-19
Catalogue Number: VP0039
Number of Pages: 320
Cover design by Jamie McGarry
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