About the Book
RELEASE DATE: April 15, 2017
AUTHOR: Quentin Smith
PAGE COUNT: 312
IMPRINT: Black Hawk
SYNOPSIS: What do we really know about our parents? How clearly do we remember our childhoods? Following the shocking discovery of a human skeleton at their childhood home and their aged mother’s subsequent death, three estranged siblings reluctantly return home for the funeral in the former German colonial town of Lüderitz. Watching long forgotten reels of old home movies the siblings discover shocking truths beneath their patchy childhood memories: secrets about their family, their parents and the reasons behind their estrangement. Set in 1985 on the Skeleton Coast of South West Africa, bathed in dense fogs that have wrecked thousands of ships over the years, and in Lüderitz, built on black rock trapped between the vast Namib Desert on the east and the cold Atlantic Ocean on the west, this suspense novel reaches back into South West Africa’s colonial past and the harboring of Nazi war criminals.
About the Author
Following a five-year term as editor of Today’s Anaesthetist, he undertook creative writing study through The Writing School, New College Durham, The London School of Journalism and then a coveted place on the Curtis Brown Creative fiction course in 2014.
He is the author of three previously published novels: The Secret Anatomy of Candles (Matador 2012); Huber’s Tattoo (Matador 2014); 16mm of Innocence (Matador 2015). Huber’s Tattoo was runner-up in The People’s Book Prize 2015 and 16mm of Innocence was a finalist in The People’s Book Prize 2016. His recent novels reveal his interest in European history and the Second World War in particular.