On the Western Front, in 1915, the kilted soldiers of the Black Watch share a private massacre with Punjabi Muslims of the Indian Army. What did happen to the mixed-race babies born in battle? The Hoarse Oaths evokes the pity of war in profane and poetic reverence.
Praise for The Hoarse Oaths of Fife
‘A first person narrative from the point of view of an English-born Muslim lad who goes potato picking in Scotland doesn’t sound altogether riveting, but there’s a poetry to the language, and a depth of characterisation that is completely transformative. I got half way through and wrote a note to a writer friend: Just found a debut novelist who knows what a book is for, this is magnificent. And truly, it’s one of those books you need to start early in the day because you won’t want to sleep before it’s done. The reader is drawn in to a depth of care that will leave you weeping.’
– Manda Scott, founder, British Historical Writers’ Association.