‘He waited for her to say something, even if it was only to storm at him. But he knew from experience that it was not her way to storm. Cool detachment was Miriam Walton’s invincible weapon.’
Who am I? Where do I come from? For young John Chisholm, a small boy living with his mother, stepfather, sister and three half-siblings, the answer to these questions is bound up with discovering the father who died before he was born. As a young man, after an emotionally bruising scene with his cold, self-absorbed mother, his search takes him from Brownrigg, his home in the north of England, and from his sweetheart Catherine, to Glasgow and, later, to Wester Ross and Skye.
In 1930s Scotland John finds failure and then modest success as a writer, as well as passionate political commitment and friendship in a place where, for the first time, he feels at home. But there are painful losses too, and even a jail term in the early months of the Second World War.
He returns to Scotland after the war, having at last found his true literary vocation. But will his quest for his father and for personal fulfilment be successful too? Homecoming
is a novel that will appeal to both male and female readers.