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There is nothing more important than love and refuge.  

Egypt, 1941. Only hours after disembarking in Alexandria, William Marsh, an Australian corporal at 21, is facedown in the sand, caught in a stoush with the Italian enemy. He is saved by James Kelly, a childhood friend from Sydney and the last person he expected to see. But where William escapes unharmed, not all are so fortunate.   

William is sent to supervise an army depot in the Western Desert, with a private directive to find an AWOL soldier: James Kelly. When the two are reunited, James is recovering from an accident, hidden away in the home of an unusual family - a family with secrets. Together they will risk it all to find answers. Soon William and James are thrust headlong into territory more dangerous than either could have imagined.

©2019 Nigel Featherstone (P)2019 Hachette Australia Audio

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A gorgeous WWII LGBTQ+ love story.

A stunning little book that will make you want to build a blanket fort for its protagonists and give them all the time in the world.

There’s a much larger focus on the humanity of war - this is a novel of microstories and love as refuge. It explores masculinity and politicality and the effects of war on those on the margins, and most of all, love as refuge.

It is not an action-packed, battle-heavy novel. The majority of the action happens in the first chapter. But it is beautiful and sweeping, both tiny and massive in scope.

The narration is brilliant and really adds something. Highly recommend!

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