From the rural Gypsy traditions of the inter-war era, through the Nazi invasion and culminating in the drama of the Prague Uprising of May 1945, this is a novel of grand scope, based on the history of the Romany people and Louise Doughty's own family ancestry.
A Gypsy boy, born to a travelling tribe, must survive the Second World War to discover love and his own true identity. It is 1927. Yenko is born in a barn in rural Bohemia to a tribe of Coppersmith Gypsies. Traditional people who survive by plying their skills as they travel throughout Central Europe, they live through the Depression and the rise of Nazism. But the greatest danger comes from the invasion of Czechoslovakia by the German army. Yenko escapes the clutches of the invaders but is forced to adopt many guises in order to survive and rescue his family and his love. If he succeeds he can truly become a Romany man - but in the end who is he? From the rural Gypsy traditions of the inter-war era, through the Nazi invasion, culminating in the drama of the Prague Uprising of May 1945, Louise Doughty has created a breathtaking novel of grand scope, based on the history of the Romany people and her own family ancestry.
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Louise Doughty is a journalist and broadcaster. In 1990, she was the recipient of an Ian St James Award for a short story and a Radio Times Drama Award for her first play, MAYBE ME, both of which received widespread critical acclaim. She is the author of CRAZY PAVING, DANCE WITH ME and HONEYDEW and three plays for radio. She lives in London, N7.
Fires in the Dark by Louise Doughty
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