Troubador Waiting for Walter

Released: 28/01/2017

ISBN: 9781785899119

eISBN: 9781785898020

Format: Paperback/eBook

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Set partly in late 1950’s London, Waiting for Walter follows the fortunes of two people over a forty-year time span, crisscrossing between countries. Days before his son’s marriage to an Asian girl, Martin is obsessed by a chance sighting of a familiar young woman on the other side of the street. Whilst wading through old love letters in his attic, a dried-up gingko leaf falls to the floor and he is transported back to his romantic past and the girl who waited. In 1958, Martin, a Jewish boy, met Leni, a young German au pair, at The Moulin Rouge club in London. After a tempestuous start, they fell passionately in love. Secret plans to marry are made but in the aftermath of WW2 and the Holocaust, the forces of prejudice are against them. Martin’s father is unmovable. Unable to bridge the deep-rooted cultural divide, Martin cannot walk away from either his father or the girl he loves. He makes a promise to each that he cannot keep. Now in their sixties, and after years of sworn silence, Martin and Leni arrange to meet once more in Heidelberg. There, a single act of beauty and courage finally re-unites them in an unexpected farewell, leaving Martin with a heartbreaking dilemma... Waiting for Walter is a unique and powerfully moving love story with a historical setting and a strong sense of jeopardy. It will appeal to fans of Julian Barnes, David Nichols, and Colm Tóibín.

Waiting for Walter is first and foremost a ‘good read’! It is a gem among love stories.
It is an interfaith story with a twist.
The characters are real and the outcome became important - not just to Martin and Leni, but to me too.
Sometimes disturbing, sometimes exciting, but always intriguing and challenging.

by Jack Lynes, Chairman: Harrow Interfaith. Past Chairman: Bereavement Care


I have finally had a bit of time to read your book Alan. I can see what a journey it must have been for you to create such personal reflections in your book. I really loved the interwoven and poignant parts, e.g. the wedding music - description of different cultures coming together- and the use of music and literature throughout.

Thank you for the book – you really have a talent for sensitively attending to detail and for finding the right words.
A very good read indeed!

by Jacqui Edwards


I have just finished reading your book Alan and I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed it and how impressed I am.

It tells a moving and absorbing story which gradually drew me in to the world you created. I really cared about Lani and Martin and their enduring love.

You have connected your personal history with the painful repercussions of the Holcaust. You have touched on religion, philosophy and literature. And bringing the novel into the present day you showed how people could reconcile their religious differences and move forward with their lives.

I do think that your novel would translate really well into a screenplay and I wish you luck with it in the future.

With admiration and warmest wishes,

by Frances


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