** Long-listed for the 2017 UK International Novel Writing Competition **
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John’s fourth novel returns to his favourite genre – 20th Century historical fiction. Well researched and constructed, it takes the reader to life in the north of England before the Great War and the effect that the war had on ordinary people who got caught up in the wave of patriotic fervour. The main protagonists find themselves the keepers of a dreadful secret and see their only escape from it in the trenches of the Western Front.
Set before and during the First World War, The Sun Will Always Shine tells the story of Harry and Charlie Davenport, two brothers who live on a farm in Lancashire, England with their domineering father, timid mother and younger sister, Lucy.
As their father’s actions become more and more abusive, the brothers realise they need to take strong action in order to protect their family.
With war approaching, they understand that these actions will have terrible consequences on the very people they have tried to protect. As suspicions get ever stronger, could the war provide an escape for them, before the truth is revealed and their world is ripped apart?
This is a story of war, love and sacrifice and is John’s most powerful novel to date.
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