The Absolutist by John Boyne
Published 5 July 2012 by Black Swan
I like to read historical fiction and John Boyne has produced a stunning First World War novel encompassing the horrors of war and the fragility of humanity.
Tristan Sandler travels to Norwich to deliver a pack of letters to Marion Bancroft, sister to his comrade Will. The year is 1919.
In 1917, Will Bancroft laid down his gun in the trenches of Northern France and declared himself not just a conscientious objector to the war, but an absolutist. He was shot at dawn.
This novel is fierce and powerful, heart-wrenching and tragic. A must read.