IMAGES AND INSPIRATION


Above you'll see just a few photographs that were taken on my research trips for Devastation Road. For many more images from my research - as well as other photographs, maps and pictures that inspired me - check out the novel's Pinterest Board


Careful though: contains SPOILERS!

DEVASTATION ROAD 


NOW AVAILABLE IN THE US AND CANADA


LONGLISTED FOR THE WALTER SCOTT PRIZE FOR HISTORICAL FICTION


A deeply compelling and poignant story that, like the novels of Pat Barker or Sebastian Faulks' Birdsong, dramatises the tragic lessons of war, the significance of belonging and of memory - without which we become lost, even to ourselves. 

“And so the war had ended – not with a bang but a slow death, a last exhale to nothing….”


Spring, 1945: A man wakes in a field in a country he does not know. Injured and confused, he pulls himself to his feet and starts to walk, and so sets out on an extraordinary journey in search of his home, his past and himself. 


His name is Owen. A war he has only a vague memory of joining is in its dying days, and as he tries to get back to England he becomes caught up in the flood of refugees pouring through Europe. Among them is a teenage boy, Janek, and together they form an unlikely alliance as they cross battle-worn Germany. When they meet a troubled young woman, tempers flare and scars are revealed as Owen gathers up the shattered pieces of his life. No one is as he remembers, not even himself - how can he truly return home when he hardly recalls what home is?


An intensely moving and atmospheric novel - subtle, powerful and beautifully written. It's a devastating journey at times, but a compelling one’Antonia Hodgson, author of The Devil in the Marshalsea


World Refugee Day 2017: Lessons of the 20th Century's Most Famous Refugee Crisis - Time Magazine, USA article

I Walked Across Europe to Understand My Character: Author Jason Hewitt Goes the Extra Mile - Literary Hub, USA article