Monthly Archives: December 2017


HQ will publish a “powerful love story” set during the Second World War, inspired by the author’s discovery of a chocolate box full of love letters between his mother and her fiancé. Charlotte Mursell, editor at the HarperCollins imprint, acquired UK and Commonwealth rights to The Very White of Love by S C Worrall from Caspian Dennis at Abner Stein. It will be published in hardback, e-book and audio book on 14th June 2018. The story is based on the discovery of a chocolate box full of love letters written across the channel during the Second World War between Worrall’s mother, Nancy, and her fiancé, Martin Preston, a nephew of the poet Robert Graves. Despite his disappearance during the war, Nancy kept a photograph of him on her dressing table right up to her death. Worrall pieced together the fictional narrative using the letters resulting in a “heartbreaking and timeless love story”.

Press Release: The Very White Of Love


As I was sorting through my mother’s possessions after her death in 2005, I found a battered, cardboard chocolate box at the bottom of her wardrobe. It was decorated with red roses and tied with a piece of red ribbon. Inside, I found bundles of faded love letters, tightly bound with string and fastened with tiny knots.These tear-stained letters inspired my novel The Very White Of Love.

The Very White Of Love: Update