The Local Is The New Global

Newspaper coverage is really important for an author. So thanks to Bob Rogers at The Abergavenny Chronicle for this nicely framed piece about the book. I spoke to him over the phone a few weeks ago and am delighted to see the piece today.

A Box Of Love Letters

STILL battling the overwhelming grief of losing his mother, Simon Worrall was undertaking the painful but necessary task of going through her belongings when he encountered the box.

It was in the attic, a small cardboard box decorated with roses. Inside, in tightly-knotted bundles indicating a treasured possession, were a series of letters. They told the story of the love between his mother and a soldier from Beaconsfield who went to France in January 1940 and never came back.


At that time, the Nazis were sweeping all before them. 2nd Lieutenant Martin Preston’s regiment, the Ox and Bucks, had the task of forming a perimeter around Dunkirk in an attempt to hold back German troops while the evacuation was completed.

Love Letters

A few months after embarkation, Martin’s letters to his true love suddenly stopped. He was never heard of again. In those dark days of wartime censorship and the painstaking process of establishing facts about individual casualties, Simon’s mother found it impossible to discover Martin’s fate.

Now Simon, a freelance journalist living in Longtown, Abergavenny has written a book about the epic search to discover the fate of the man whose picture stood on his mother’s dressing table for the rest of her life.


About sworrall

Writer with @Natgeo; author of The Poet and The Murderer; and the forthcoming Starcrossed: A Romeo And Juliet Story in Hitler's Paris (2022)

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