The Uncommon Life of Alfred Warner in Six Days written by Juliet Conlin, publisher Black & White Publishing, is available NOW in ebook, kindleunlimited and paperback format.
Approaching 80, frail and alone, a remarkable man makes the journey from his sheltered home in England to Berlin to meet his granddaughter. He has six days left to live and must relate his life story before he dies…
His life has been rich and full. He has witnessed firsthand the rise of the Nazis, experienced heartrending family tragedy, fought in the German army, been interred in a POW camp in Scotland and faced violent persecution in peacetime Britain. But he has also touched many lives, fallen deeply in love, raised a family and survived triumphantly at the limits of human endurance. He carries within him an astonishing family secret that he must share before he dies… a story that will mean someone else’s salvation.
Welcome to the moving, heart-warming and uncommon life of Alfred Warner.
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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting Juliet Conlin’s novel: The Uncommon Life of Alfred Warner in Six Days. Firstly, I’d like to apologise for my late posting of my review, I have only just finished reading the novel but I didn’t want to rush this post and not do this remarkable story justice.
The Uncommon Life of Alfred Warnerin Six Days was first published back in 2017 and I’m so pleased it is being promoted again as it is such a compelling read. This is a timeslip novel that is quite unique. It’s a story of a brave elderly gentleman taking his first flight to visit his long lost granddaughter that he’s never met. Alfred Warner has lived a life that has taken him from war torn Germany, to Scotland and to the English countryside. It isn’t difficult to be charmed by Alfred, he’s a quirky old man but he’s on a mission to tell his story and that of his granddaughter’s heritage before it’s too late.
Alfred manages to get to Germany but cannot find his granddaughter anywhere, a chance encounter with a kindly stranger opens up an unlikely partnership that was to become crucial for both Alfred and his plight to get to his granddaughter.
Alfred has a unique skill to some but a hinderance to others, he can hear voices in his head, these voices throughout his life have helped him immensely but they have also brought considered anxiety and confusion. As Alfred entrusts his story with this kindly stranger we travel back in time to Germany when life was about to change for all and there was a deep feeling of uncertainty. Hearing Alfred’s childhood, the devastation through hardship, tragedy and uncertainty broke me many times. For a child to experience such heartbreak is unimaginable but I felt a steely strength and hope within young Alfred. Even till his last breath he never gave up.
The author takes us on a journey with both elderly Alfred and young Alfred, we travel with him as he tackles all that life has thrown his way and it is one eventful life that you wouldn’t wish on anyone. But it is also a life that many would have experienced back in WWII, children had to grow up overnight and find an inner strength to survive. Alfred had his own personal ‘friends’ to help him along his way. As we learn more about Alfred we discover his ability to hear voices is not uncommon and this is a little reassuring for Alfred and he hopes he can pass on some guidance and support.
At times the story is very raw and honest and the pain and heartache feels very real. However, there are moments in Alfred’s life that is pure joy and the author balances out the pain with wonderful charming scenes.
I’d like to thank Love Books Group for introducing me to this remarkable, compelling, emotive, thought-provoking novel.
About the Author
Juliet Conlin was born in London and grew up in England and Germany. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Lancaster University and a PhD in Psychology from the University of Durham. She works as a writer and translator and lives with her family in Berlin. Her novels include The Fractured Man (Cargo, 2013), The Uncommon Life of Alfred Warner in Six Days (Black & White, 2017), The Lives Before Us (Black & White, 2019).