by June Hutton
Sixteen-year-old Albert Fraser believes that serving in the First World War will make him a man; but after a shell blast buries him alive in a trench, he instead finds himself withouat a sense of self or purpose. Spending the next few years on the roads and rails, taking whatever jobs he can, Albert seems destined to be a constant wanderer, until an exhibition of Picasso's Guernica shows him where his life went wrong, and what he must do to set it right.
A tribute to the outsider, to the underdog, to those who endure and those who long for something more, June Hutton's stunning debut reminds us that every road has a destination - but only for those with the strength to follow it to the end.
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