Iant Evans was born to live a quiet life…but history dictated otherwise. Blinded by gas whilst fighting in Salonika in Greece during WW1, Welshman Iant Evans falls in love with a Greek nurse whom he promises to marry after the war.
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A novel about a man propelled into a violent and unstable world and then abandoned back to the peaceful landscapes of his childhood.
Moving between the battlefields north of Salonika and a quiet corner of the Dee Valley; Iant is written against the backdrop of the mass slaughter of the Great War.
A tale of the powerful emotional awakening of a young man and ultimately a person who must struggle to find a life worth living back home.
Iant is a story set amongst one of the most unfortunate generations in history; one that saw two world wars. It speaks to people of all generations whose lives are profoundly changed by the powerful forces of war and who must try and make peace with the aftermath.
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– October 5, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars Iant: Beautifully and sensitively written.
It’s a very long time since I’ve read into the depths of night but I found that the sensitivity with which Iant is written struck deep and demanded several re-readings of pertinent paragraphs. This is beautifully written and takes an ordinary life making it extraordinary and immensely relatable. Iant is very moving in its simplicity.
– October 28, 2021
First novel Iant by @SteveBlandford5 is a very fluent and enjoyable read. I like the way Steve details everyday life and specificity of a small part of Wales in the 1920s and 1930s. The emotional foundation is laid by the overwhelming experience of being at war in Greece in 1916. https://t.co/bL5ZxVctOJ
– January 3, 2022
Blandford creates characters and situations that come to life, and if you’re one who loves war stories, especially ones of love and lost innocence, then read this review.
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