Philip Paris presents his latest novel, Effie’s War
In November 1943, around 900 people in the Tarbat peninsula were given one month to leave their homes, crofts and farms. This included the evacuation of the entire village of Inver. Residents were told that the military wanted the land for battle practice. This wasn’t the full story – they wanted a stretch of beach between Inver and Portmahomack to rehearse for the D-Day landings, scheduled to take place in Normandy the following year. Of course, this was all highly secret at the time. Farmers faced an enormous challenge and had little option but to sell their entire livestock. To help process crops, Italian POWs were brought in from the camp at nearby Kildary. These events have provided a fantastic backdrop to the novel, which will be published on 6th June by Black & White Publishing, one of Scotland’s leading publishing houses.
June is going to be a busy month, with five book launch events during which I’ll explain how I turned these extraordinary events into a full length novel. There’ll be readings from the new book and a Q&A session. Each event will take about an hour and then I’ll be available to sign copies. The launch at the Dornoch social club will be slightly different, as the talk will be followed by tea/coffee and excellent home baking, served between 11.00 – 12.30. Proceeds from the sale of refreshments will go to the charity Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund. No need to reserve a place for any event – simply turn up!
- Thursday 7th – Waterstones, Inverness, 6 pm
- Saturday 9th – Inver hall, Inver, 11 am
- Saturday 16th – Dornoch Social Club, Dornoch, 10 am
- Wednesday 20th – Nairn bookshop, Nairn, 7 pm
- Thursday 21st – Tarbat Discovery Centre, Portmahomack, 7.30 pm (£3 entrance fee)
- In addition, there’ll be book signings during June at the Tarbat Discovery Centre between 10 – 11 am on the Fridays of 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th.
Effie’s War (£7.99) will be available from any bookshop, while the paperback/ebook versions can also be obtained via Amazon.
The other exciting news is that my new website goes live on Friday 18th May. You’ll find information about me and all my books, with explanations of how each one came to be written and, indeed, how I came to be a writer!