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When I Come Home Again

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How can you know who you are, when you choose to forget who you’ve been?

November 1918.
On the cusp of the end of the First World War, a uniformed soldier is arrested in Durham Cathedral. It quickly becomes clear that he has no memory of who he is or how he came to be there.
 
The soldier is given the name Adam and transferred to a rehabilitation home where his doctor Jam
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Published October 29th 2020 by Simon Schuster UK
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Peter
Dec 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oblivion
Just as the world was coming to the end of World War I and with the destruction it caused to so many lives, no one anticipated the psychological devastation it caused to the soldiers who fought and survived. Those physically scarred and maimed, and those thrown into a fugue mental state with personalities hijacked by horror and fear.

As a psychologist gradually and carefully investigates the conscious and subconscious mind of a patient, never pushing too hard and allowing awareness to set
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Beata
Oct 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
WW1 is over. Those who served on the Continent, want to forget what they went through. Some want to wipe out memories, some remember nothing following the shellshock. Some relive horrific moments in dreams, and some crave for regaining those who are believed to have been killed.
This is a beautifully written story of the men who fought and the legacy the war left them with, and of women who refuse the truth and hold on to the hope that their husbands, brothers and sons will return one day.
Ms Scot
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Louise Wilson
Oct 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
November 1918: On the cusp of the First World War, a uniformed soldier is arrested in Durham Cathedral. It quickly becomes clear that he has no memory of who he is or now they came 4o be there. He's given the name Adam and transferred to a rehabilitation home where his doctor, James, tries everything he can to help Adam remember. But Adam doesn't want to remember.

The story is basee on true events. The characters are all flawed, ven the doctor is left traumatised after witnessing events during th
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Rob Twinem
Jun 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a slow burner, the pace is beautifully set and compliments a very difficult time and subject in the history of the world. Young men sent to fight, sent to be slaughtered in the killing fields of France. Returning home (the lucky?) to be confronted by a society totally unable to deal with the effects of close combat not able to understand ptsd, a word only recognized in the latter days of the 20th century. Adam emotionally damaged by his experiences in the trenches is sent to Fellside Hou ...more
Rachel Hall
Nov 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Caroline Scott’s second novel is a compelling and sensitively nuanced story that looks at the after-effects of WWI on both the soldiers and the families they leave behind with a specific focus on their mental health. Spanning 1918 to 1925 this is an humane and emotive story of damaged people seeking what comfort they can find in a world that has been devastated and amongst the grief, tragedy and devastation is the continual promise of hope in a beautifully written novel that slowly unfolds over ...more
Cathy
I loved Caroline Scott’s book, The Photographer of the Lost, so I was prepared for an emotional story and beautiful writing in this, her second book; I wasn’t disappointed. Once again the focus is the period after the First World War and the long-lasting effect of the conflict on the lives of so many.

Appropriately, as we approach Remembrance Sunday, the opening scenes of the book depict the journey of the coffin containing the body of the Unknown Warrior prior to its interment in Westminster Abb
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Jo Shaw
Oct 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tbr-owned
It has taken me a couple of days to compose myself enough to write this review. This was such a breathtakingly powerful novel, I feel like it has left a profound impact on me. I have always been drawn to historical fiction and in particular, wartime novels covering the two World Wars. This book is set in the aftermath following the end of the First World War. I found it was a fresh viewpoint on what happened, and my reading of the book actually coincided with me watching a documentary that looke ...more
Marina
Jun 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
When I come home again begins in Britain at the end of WW1. It is the tale of a soldier who survived with his life but not his memory. Given the name Adam, he is found and brought to a rehabilitation home by his doctor James, who then attempts to aid Adam in the recovery of his memories. However, it soon becomes clear that Adam does not want to remember, having successfully locked away the trauma of war.
Adam settles into his life of oblivion, relearning and rediscovering his love of nature. But
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Shannon
Aug 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-arcs
Thank you to Simon and Schuster UK and Netgalley for the arc of this book.

A 4 star read for me, brilliant story line, great character development i love it! This follows in which is the aftermath of the first world war. its an emotional, heartwarming story definitely recommend though!

Thank you to Caroline Scott for writing this! Definitely be checking out your other books"
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Kirsty
A haunting read. Written in an achingly beautiful style.
Egle (readingfreakquotes)
Nov 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you so much to the author, Kaleidoscopictours and publishers for giving me this amazing book in return for an honest and unbiased review.

I will be honest with you, it took me a good few chapters to get into the story and to figure out what is happening and who is who but once I got it all sorted in my head only work and some random adulting made me put this beautifully told story down.

Adam Galilee, that's what they called him, an amnesiac soldier that got arrested and brought by a doctor J
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Rachael
Nov 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you so much to kaleidoscopic Tours and the Publisher (Simon and Schuster UK) for inviting me to be a part of this book tour and for the gifted copy, and of course, thank you to Carolie Scott for writing such a beautiful story.

Anybody who loves WW1 fiction is going to love this book. It is emotional, it is powerful, it is raw... all the things a story about War should be. Caroline Scott has written such a beautiful story that tugs at the heart-strings and really transports you in time and p
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emma (pagesofachilles)
The ARC of this book was kindly provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. #WhenIComeHomeAgain #NetGalley.
This was beautifully written, poignant and poetic. I felt immediately connected to the story and characters, desperate to find out more information as the story slowly unfolded. Although it's a slow burner, it's absolutely breathtaking. The way Scott writes this is beautifully poetic, the writing almost leaps off the page as you're pulled into this story of gri
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Karen
Oct 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5*

1918. When a man in a soldier’s uniform is arrested at Durham Cathedral, for causing damage (he was drawing a bird using chalk), he claims to have no knowledge of his name or where he has come from. Given the name of Adam Galilee by the police, he is sent to a rehabilitation home in Cumbria, under the care of two doctors, who will attempt to reclaim his memory and, his identity.

One of the doctors tasked with treating Adam is James Haworth. James is a former officer who has his own wartime de
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Book-Social
Jun 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When I Come Home Again begins with an interesting starting point – Everyone has heard of the unknown warrior, but who actually knows anything about the story behind him? Did you know that 6 bodies were first recovered from various places in France? One was then chosen at random and plonked in Westminster Abbey to much pomp and circumstance. Amongst Kings. Designed to represent, not just the men who never came home, but those who were never found after World War One. The warrior’s funeral was rec ...more
Julie
Nov 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A beautifully nuanced story of the power of memory, both positively and negatively, this book deals with the fictional story of a mystery man. Beginning in Durham Cathedral in November 1918, a man enters the ancient building with no memories, no identification and crucially no idea of his own identity. In the days immediately following the First World War, he was apparently a soldier who had survived physically unscathed, but mentally he is a blank slate. This is a time of anguish for those whos ...more
Anita Sloan
Jun 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
For me, the premise of Caroline Scott’s new novel ‘When I Come Home Again’, set in the aftermath of the First World War, is irresistible:

When baffled doctors place a photograph of an amnesiac soldier they have named ‘Adam’ in the newspaper with the hope of discovering his identity, three women come forward - a mother, a sister, a wife – all claiming him as their own. But to whom – if any of them – does Adam truly belong?

But what makes the premise all the more irresistible is that it is based on
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Rachel
May 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When I Come Home Again by Caroline by Caroline Scott is an excellent debut historical fiction from Ms. Scott that will stay with me for quite some time.

I was initially drawn in by the premise and the time period being WWI. From the first chapter, I was pulled in by the mystery, plot, and wonderfully developed character cast.

This is not just a war-era novel about finding the identity of this particular individual. This is a book that brought, at least to me, to light a face, a person that repre
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The Lotus Readers
Nov 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was an exquisite, slow-paced, historical novel that moved me so much. It was a window on both individual, and collective, grief. It also explores the psychological rehabilitation process which is my day job, as a counsellor. Regular visitors to my blog will know that I am fascinated with this period of history depicted in novels as varied as Emma Donoghue’s recent novel The Pull of The Stars and in the last few years Sarah Water’s The Paying Guests, Adele Park’s Spare Brides and Kate Atkins ...more
Connie
Jul 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Caroline Scott's second novel is one of the best books I've read this year. Beautifully written and superbly plotted, the novel also balances the perspective of multiple characters, shifting between them seamlessly and allowing each to develop as nuanced, complex personalities.

The story revolves around the story of Adam Galilee, the name given to the amnesic soldier who is arrested by the police for sketching in chalk on a tomb in Durham Cathedral. Adam is released into the care of psychiatrist
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Josefa
Oct 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you Caroline Scott, Simon Schuster UK and Kaleidoscopic Tours for having me on this tour and for my gifted copy.

SYNOPSIS : Based on true events. A soldier who has lost his memory is arrested in Durham Cathedral and a doctor tries everything in his power to help him remember who he was. His picture is published in a newspaper and several women come forward claiming to be his relatives. Does he belong to any of them or to somebody else?

I really like reading historical fiction and this one di
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Louise
Jun 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Jeanie
Jul 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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When I Come Home Again
by Caroline Scott
Pub Date: 1 Nov 2020
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With grateful thanks to netgalley and caroline Scott for an early copy in return for an honest review.
This us one amazing Author having read last I book I was delighted to have the privilege to read this work. If art,quite mesmerising characters and totally captivating I have absolutely nothing but praise for t
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Kayleigh (BookwormEscapes)
When I Come Home Again is one of those books you’d describe as quietly beautiful. It was a real slow burn which fitted the subject perfectly and I love how it focused more on the after effects of the war on families and returning soldiers. The author really captures the trauma and grief, making it feel very authentic and she handled some tough subjects sensitively.
Tine Kristensen
Jun 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set in the years right after WWI 'When I come home again' is a story about the human cost of war; in lost lives, survivors with terrible traumas and the grieving families who sometimes had to wait for years for news of their lost loved ones.
The story is slow moving, in places too slow moving, but it is impossible not to feel for the characters.
Adam is a British soldier, who is returning in 1918 without any recollection of who he was before the war, and what happened to him in the trenches in Fr
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Fabulous Book Fiend
Oct 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020-reads
This book was really compelling from the word go. It takes a well-written historical fiction novel to get m interested because I don't normally enjoy travelling back in time but I was so intrigued by Adam and his mysterious background I wanted to read on.

This book is very much a book driven by Adam and his mysterious surroundings. The three women that claim him are all so interesting and all just a sad reminder of how many people were never found after either of the world wars. Each of the wome
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Emma Crowley
Oct 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
When I Come Home Again is the second novel from Caroline Scott and it is equally as impressive as her debut The Photographer of the Lost. This is a haunting, atmospheric read rich in detail and description that will have you gripped as the emotions rise to the surface as the powerful story develops. Caroline examines how soldiers returning from the first World War were emotionally and sometimes irreparably damaged by their experiences of war and how this affected their loved ones. The story was ...more
Juliet Bookliterati
Nov 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Last year Caroline Scott’s first novel, The Photographer Of The Lost was one of favourite reads of the year. With When I Come Home she again sets her novel after the the First World War, focusing on the aftermath and the the effect on those left behind. This subject of this book is a soldier who has no memory of the war, or his life before the war. After being arrested in Durham Cathedral, the soldier, given the name Adam, is taken to Fellside House in Westmorland to recuperate and hopefully rec ...more
Susan Corcoran
Dec 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It seems apt to be writing this review on Remembrance Sunday when we pay our respects to those who lost their lives during wartime. When I Come Home Again by Caroline Scott, tells of the human costs of warfare, the oft forgotten causalities of a war, that reverberated through the years that followed and still today causes us to stop, consider and remember.

War is not noble, neither is it romantic, it is brutal and for the soldiers and their families, the physical and emotional damage is causes, i
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Charlotte (thepennotthesword)
Thank you to Kaleidoscopic Tours, Simon and Schuster and Caroline Scott for the opportunity to be a part of the Book Tour for this incredible book!

“They will call him so many names. He had been Peter to the woman in the cathedral, but soon he will be Mark and Robert and Ellis. He will fill the spaces of Franks and Phillips and Daniels. So many hopes and voids. They will want him to be a George and an Edward and a John. They will believe him a Stephen, a Sidney and a Benjamin. They will need him
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After completing a PhD in History, at the University of Durham, Caroline Scott worked as a researcher in Belgium and France. She has a particular interest in the experience of women during the First World War, in the challenges faced by the returning soldier, and in the development of tourism and pilgrimage in the former conflict zones. Caroline lives in southwest France and is now writing histori ...more

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