Troubador Charlie Echo

Released: 28/04/2021

ISBN: 9781800462267

Format: Paperback

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Like Aladdin, but with post-traumatic stress, Charlie Echo is a story about wishes – the last wishes of a dying soldier in Normandy in 1944. Verbal wills of this sort are valid if there are two witnesses and the first men on the scene are radio operator Charlie Goodman and his assistant, Sid Saunders. Unfortunately, in the confusion of events that follow, Charlie fails to ascertain the full identity of the dying officer and is invalided back to Blighty plagued by trauma and remorse. Once he has been demobbed also, it falls to Saunders to break the impasse by getting his comrade to repair a radio telephone, just like the one they were using in France. What he doesn't anticipate is that working on the set will prompt Charlie to not only hear the mystery soldier's voice again, but to see him too. If not quite the genie in the lamp, it seems like there’s a ghost in the machine and one that’s been transported to his workshop in Leeds. 

Dismayed to discover that his wishes have not been carried out, the ghost goads Charlie into journeying through post-war Britain in order to fulfil his battlefield promise. Jolting between humour and pathos, it’s a journey that transforms reclusive repair man into unlikely pantomime hero and propels Saunders off in pursuit to play his allotted role in the “show”.

"An intriguing combination of slapstick and serious, a funny and moving ghost story that celebrates bravery in war and reflects on the cruel fragility of war's after effects." David Wood

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Andrew Bullas

Andrew Bullas was born in Worcestershire. After a BA in Fine Art from Portsmouth University he attended The London Film School. Subsequently he has divided his time between independent film making, teaching and a stint working for the film archive of the Imperial War Museum. "Charlie Echo" is his first book.

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