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'The Uncommon Life of Alfred Warner in Six Days' by Juliet Conlin
by Black & White Publishing, 23 February 2017. ISBN 978-1-78530-082-0
Alfred is an elderly German whose
rich and eventful life has ended in a Care Home in England. In 2005, he
decides to visit Germany before he dies to see his recently discovered
granddaughter, Brynja, in Berlin. Alfred is frail and knows that he has
only 6 days to live; he wants to tell Brynja his life story before he dies.
This proves to be difficult to achieve.
Alfred was born in the early
1920s. Interpolated with references to his modern situation and snapshots
of Brynia's life are lengthy descriptions of Alfred's life, beginning with his
awakening to the realisation of his own strange abilities when he was 6 years
old and living with his parents and siblings in a German country village.
His experiences in Germany, then in Scotland and England are vividly
described as he fights in the German army, becomes a prisoner of war and then
settles in Britain. He remains an innocent hero in many ways buffeted to
and fro by Fate.
This is an enjoyable tale indeed as
Alfred's life unfolds and we see those he has touched en route. It is not
a crime story but a heart-warming memoir of a life.
Jennifer S. Palmer
Juliet Conlin has written another
novel The Fractured Man.
Juliet Conlinwas born
in London and grew up in England and Germany. She holds 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
husband and four children in Berlin. She writes in both English and German. Her
novels include The Fractured Man published
2013 and The Uncommon Life of Alfred
Warner in Six Days
my reading life crime fiction has been a constant interest; I really enjoyed my
15 years as an expatriate in the Far East, the Netherlands
& the USA
but occasionally the solace of closing my door to the outside world and sitting
reading was highly therapeutic. I now lecture to adults on historical topics
including Famous Historical Mysteries.