|About the Book|
A World War II and an end-of-empire story of love, loyalty and betrayalAfter a bewilderingly rapid surrender in the Libyan desert, two young Muslim soldiers from a defeated Indian regiment survive appalling conditions in Annaberg and other German PoW camps. Leaderlesss and in a country they know little about, Yaqub and Barkat eventually resolve to escape in Alsace, join the allied army in France, and fight once more. Footsore and half-drowned, they stumble across a snowy mountain landscape. Uncertain who they can trust, they encounter unexpected help. And fighting their way towards them are other outsiders, soldiers from distant lands, whose stories briefly merge.Nearly seventy years later, Saira and Will leave England for their honeymoon in Alsace and try to trace what happened to her grandfather during his escape.Why did Yaqub find it so hard to talk about his war experiences? What does Grandmother Amina need them to discover? Does anyone even remember the Indian PoWs after all this time? And what is the significance of a tiny stuffed elephant?Yaqubs gripping wartime story and its repercussions unfolds through scenes in rural India, the North African desert, German PoW camps, the mountains of eastern France, newly created Pakistan and present day Britain.