When I Come Home Again
When I Come Home Again by Caroline Scott
2020/06/04  |  By:   |  Features  |  

From Caroline Scott, the highly acclaimed author of The Photographer of the Lost, a BBC Radio 2 Book Club Pick, and based on true events, When I Come Home Again is a deeply moving and powerful story of a nation’s outpouring of grief, and the search for hope in the aftermath of war.

‘A carefully nuanced, complex story’ WOMAN & HOME

‘A powerful story that’s achingly moving and most beautifully written. Readers of Maggie O’Farrell and Helen Dunmore are likely to enjoy’ Rachel Hore, author of The Love Child

‘I absolutely loved it. It was page turning, mysterious, engrossing and compelling. I thought so many times I had it all figured out and I was wrong every time. I couldn’t get to the end fast enough and finished it at 1 am feeling bereft’ Lorna Cook, author of The Forbidden Promise

When I Come Home Again is a compulsive, heart-wrenching read, beautifully and painfully evoking the toxic mix of grief and guilt suffered by survivors and the bereaved following WWI’ Liz Trenow, author of Under a Wartime Sky

‘A haunting novel with loss at its heart – the loss of self, loved ones and the lives that should have been. Caroline Scott evokes the damage and desolation of the Great War with aching authenticity, and her writing is exquisite’ Iona Grey, author of The Glittering Hour

‘Captivating, heartbreaking and uplifting. This beautiful and moving book drew me in from the first line and held me enthralled until the very end’ Fiona Valpy, author of The Dressmaker’s Gift

‘Wonderful and evocative . . . it is so much more subtle and complex than being just the journey to discover who Adam really is. It is not only about memory and identity, it’s about the repercussions and tragedy of war, reaching out across vast swathes of society’ Suzanne Goldring, author of Burning Island

They need him to remember. He wants to forget.

1918. In the last week of the First World War, a uniformed soldier is arrested in Durham Cathedral. When questioned, it becomes clear he has no memory of who he is or how he came to be there.

The soldier is given the name Adam and transferred to a rehabilitation home. His doctor James is determined to recover who this man once was. But Adam doesn’t want to remember. Unwilling to relive the trauma of war, Adam has locked his memory away, seemingly for good.

When a newspaper publishes a feature about Adam, three women come forward, each claiming that he is someone she lost in the war. But does he believe any of these women? Or is there another family out there waiting for him to come home?


Poppy says : ‘When I Come Home Again is as beautifully written, as heartbreaking, as moving, as Scott’s first novel *****.’ Read her full review on instagram here.

Book-Social says : ‘I was scared I wasn’t going to love When I Come Home Again as much as I did The Photographer of the Lost. But I did, I do, I really do. Buy it in October. Then come back and tell me how much you love it too.’ Read their full review here.

Sandra B says : ‘This book pulls at the heartstrings’ *****

Lesley says : ‘A worthwhile and interesting read.’ ****

Kirsty says : ‘The way in which Caroline Scott writes about the long lasting trauma faced by soldiers of World War One is haunting. The style is achingly beautiful and you can feel the emotion on every page. This is the sort of book that stays with you a long time after finishing it.’ *****

‘I will most definitely recommend this book’ *****

Marina says : ‘Very compelling and thought provoking in very emotional ways… the realness of the story resonated throughout in unexpected heart-wrenching ways.’ ****

Kathryn says : ‘A moving story.’

Trev says : ‘The pace is beautifully set and compliments a very difficult time and subject in the history of the world, and wonderfully shows the effect of war not only on the victims but also their immediate family.’ ****

Reviewer577250 says : ‘A heart-breaking read which reveals the far-reaching tragedies of war… I highly recommend it’ ****

‘Great book I’ll be recommending to others’ ****

Rachel F says : ‘From the first chapter, I was pulled in by the mystery, plot, and wonderfully developed character cast.’ *****

TheBookBag says : ‘It’s rich in detail as you would expect from an author who is a historian first and only then a novelist, but it wears its research lightly, and its characters will make you believe and will make you think, about then and (hopefully) also a little about now.’  Read the full review here.

Em says : ‘Beautifully written, poignant and poetic’

Paula says : ‘A lesson in empathy and poignancy’ *****

Jeanie says : ‘Mesmerising characters and totally captivating’ *****

Connie says : ‘Beautifully written and superbly plotted’ *****

Reviewer603666 says : ‘An emotional and very interesting book’ *****

Katrina says : ‘I cannot recommend this highly enough – beautiful writing, characters you really care about, and the descriptions of the terrors of war and the impact on mankind are so well done that you can imagine yourself there.’ *****

Tine says : ‘It is impossible not to feel for the characters’ ****

Sandra S says : ‘I loved everything about this book!’ *****

Karen B says : ‘Powerful characters, atmospheric descriptions of nature, and a real sense of mystery make this poignant and breath-taking exploration of loss, love and precious memories an unputdownable read.’ *****

Shannon says : ‘A brilliant story line with great character development, I love it!’ ****

Emily says : ‘This was beautifully written, poignant and poetic. I felt immediately connected to the story and characters, desperate to find out more information as the story slowly unfolded… absolutely breathtaking.’ *****

‘A very powerful, thought provoking story line’ ****

‘A work of art – quite mesmerising characters and totally captivating’ Jeanne M *****