The Searight Saga: This Time Tomorrow, The Unforgiving Sea and The Red Oak.
DUE Spring 2018.
Historical fiction at its best… Three engrossing novels following the fortunes of one family from World War One to the turn of the new millennium.
‘Two brothers. One woman. A nation at war.’
A compelling story of war, brotherly love, passion and betrayal during World War One.
Vast in scope and intimate in the portrayal of three lives swept along by circumstances, ‘This Time Tomorrow’ moves from the drawing rooms of Edwardian London to the trenches of the Western Front and to the uncertainty of post-war Britain.
“Great descriptive story… brought tears to my eyes… very well written… couldn’t put it down… highly recommend… you won’t be disappointed.”
“Should be read by anyone with a conscience in order that we never forget.”
“An immense journey … I cried several times! I strongly recommend this enriching read; the characters will stay with you for a long time afterwards.”
‘Ten men adrift on a lifeboat. Only one will live to tell the tale.’
June 1944, World War Two, the middle of the Indian Ocean: a convoy ship is torpedoed and sunk by a German U-boat. Most on board are killed but ten sailors manage to clamber aboard a lifeboat. With almost nothing to eat or drink, the men are cast adrift at the mercy of The Unforgiving Sea.
“A masterpiece of story telling … The threads of various episodes in the main characters life are interwoven to create this fascinating tale.”
“An unbelievable experience that will leave you speechless.”
“I found myself caught up in this story right from the beginning and hated that the story ended.”
‘The past is always with us; it’s just that sometimes we don’t see it.’
Summer 2004. Tom Searight can’t relate to his 14-year-old daughter, Charlotte, or his cantankerous old father, Robert. But his life really disintegrates when he discovers his wife of 15 years, Julie, is having an affair with Charlotte’s favourite teacher.
A chance letter from France takes Tom on a journey to learn about the life of his great uncle, Guy Searight, a veteran of the First World War. But as Tom learns more about his family’s tragic past and his own father’s turbulent childhood, his future becomes increasingly uncertain.
“Have just read ‘The Red Oak’, and hardly took a breath. I thoroughly enjoyed every page. You can tell a good author by the way the opening of the book grips you, wants to make you read on, and this story really does all that. Colley made the family so real, it was almost as if we were there with them. A wonderful book.”
“Rupert Colley is a truly a gifted writer with a great talent for understanding human nature so well and able to put real feelings into the written word…. I can’t praise his writing enough.”
“When I wasn’t able to read it (The Red Oak), I was thinking about it.”
Historical fiction with heart and drama.