Talk of the Town | the place for bookish people to be (October 27th)

Welcome to Talk of the Town.  Good to see you back again this week – so pop the kettle on and share with us your lovely bookish news!

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We’re continuing to share with you Effie’s War by Philip Paris so do read on…hopefully you’ll enjoy this historical fiction.

Praise for Effie’s War

“An engaging tale that reveals the depths to which human beings are driven to by passion, loyalty and resentment. Effie’s War is an intriguing, twisting and turning journey and an outstanding page-turner that you won’t be able to put down.”

MILLIE GRAY, author of Silver Linings

The blurb


Based on true, but largely unknown, events of a Scottish Highlands ‘clearing’ during WW2.  In November 1943, around 900 people in the Tarbat peninsula were, without warning, given one month to leave their homes, crofts and farms.  This put a huge strain on the locals who had only one month to move, sell or relocate their livestock and desperately harvest what they could.  Italian Prisoners of War were brought in to help with the labour during these four weeks of enormous pressure.  June 6th 2018 marks the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings.

November 1943. In the Scottish Highlands, Effie Ross’s father has received a notice from the authorities to quit Kirk Farm. They have just one month to leave, to sell or move their livestock and harvest anything they can. And every other farm and household in the area has had the same instruction.

For Effie, it’s a chance to get to know Toni, an Italian POW sent to help out on the farm – and the attraction is undeniable.


Based on real events when an entire Highland neighbourhood was cleared to allow preparations for one of the greatest secrets of the Second World War, Philip Paris’s new novel evokes a time when Britain could have been invaded at any moment but stood strong in her darkest hour.

Print Length: 256 pages
Publisher: Black & White Publishing
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-1785301957
ISBN-10: 1785301950

About the author

Author, playwright and journalist Philip Paris lives in the Highlands of Scotland and is best known for the historical fiction and non-fiction books he wrote about the Italian chapel, built during WW2 by Italian POWs in Orkney. His contemporary novel, Men Cry Alone, broke new ground in raising the profile of domestic abuse against men. His stage play, Casting Off, played to sell-out audiences in the autumn of 2015. The hilarious storyline is taken to new heights in his latest novel by the same name, published in 2016.  Effie’s War sees him return to WW2, again with a story that has a backdrop of real-life events.

Visit Philip’s website


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About Black & White Publishing

Black & White Publishing was founded in 1999. Since then, they’ve grown into one of Scotland’s leading independent publishers with over 300 books in print across a variety of genres. Committed to publishing the best books from the most talented writers in the UK and beyond they produce an extensive range of titles, including general non-fiction, biography, sport and humour, as well as selected fiction, young adult and children’s books.

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