Laugh Back the Sun by Lan Reid  is a story about a passionate love affair and a future filled with promise, blighted by a devastating war where all was given and nothing returned.

When Chris Lessing, a young army officer from the Transvaal meets Joan Mercer, a pretty young woman from Simon’s Town at the beginning of the Second World War, the chemistry is spontaneous and explosive.  He is Afrikaans, she is English. They come from different worlds but believe their love is strong enough to survive despite the odds.

Seconded to Ian Fleming’s crack squad, 30 Assault Unit, Chris goes into battle on D-Day and survives the battlefields of Europe only to die on Robben Island a year after the war has ended. The circumstances of his death are a mystery. Is it suicide or murder?  Haunted by the discrepancies in what she has been led to believe and what she learns, his daughter, Elizabeth-Anne (Lan), who was only four months old at the time, decided to investigate the facts surrounding his untimely and tragic death.

She grew up knowing very little about her father and in 2005 a box of his letters written to her mother during the War was found.

 ‘‘The year was 1939.  War had just been declared – a war which was to change them forever and the repercussions of which were about to reach out and touch me, 66 years later,’’ she explains

This is a story about a passionate love affair and a future filled with promise, blighted by a devastating war where all was given and nothing returned.

Book details: Laugh back the Sun author: Lan Reid Publisher: Scamp Fiction an imprint of  Publishing Print Matters ISBN: 978-0-9870292-4-9 Genre: Fictionalised Fact/Biography size: 234 x 154mm Pages: 312 images: 46 Halftones 1 Map

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