A collaboration between me and my friend Jonathan Hill, 'Is it Her' is a pair of novellas based upon the picture you see here. It's by artist Rod Buckingham who has given his permission for us to use it as a cover. Jonathan bought the picture for his new flat, sent me a link and I said I love it because it looks as though it tells a story. Unable to resist a challenge, we began to write.
They are very different in style and theme but because of the look of the picture, they are both set in the second world war. Although I was born after the war, my parents were involved and I was able to draw on little stories told to me by my late father. He was a toolmaker and was in a reserved occupation so, like one of the characters here, he wasn't called up. It's still history to me, but so close I can almost touch it.
Watch out for it and we hope you enjoy it.
Is it Her? by Jonathan Hill
Tonight four sit round a table playing cards. Tomorrow two leave to fight. Over an evening already fraught with tension, emotions run deep and life-shattering secrets threaten to escape.
Is it Her? by Kath Middleton
Frank and Vera fall in love the summer before the war. They vow that when it's all over they'll marry. But war has a way of tearing lives apart.