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A Year of Trials for E.G. Rawlings by Jane McCulloch (SIGNED COPY)


It is 2018, and Rawlings is ready to make a fresh start – but his life rarely goes to plan.

Lying in hospital after hopefully his final leg operation, Rawlings reflects that he is now without any responsibilities. His brief affair is over, and his grandson Felix is in Australia. As soon as Rawlings is discharged, he will move into his new London home, the garden flat of his friend Max’s Putney house, and make plans for his future.

Although still suffering from acute PTSD, the year begins well. Rawlings meets Max’s sisters and, to his surprise, enjoys their company. He also makes a rewarding trip to see his long-neglected sister Stella in Scotland. But on his return, things start to go awry.

From their Skype calls, it is obvious Felix is unsettled and unhappy, and Rawlings resolves to get the boy home and save him further distress. At the same time, he finds himself under pressure to write another book about the Sarajevo Siege. This means making a painful visit to the city, which reawakens traumatic memories and the ghost of his lost love Mia. What follows Sarajevo is a visit to Mia’s family in Vermont, which produces disturbing and shocking surprises.

Will Rawlings manage to bring Felix home? Will he write the book? Will he be able to withstand the advances of two unstable and neurotic women? Will Isobel, the only person he relies on, finally lose patience with him?

Rawlings remains the same taciturn, difficult but charming character, but as the year progresses, he changes, becoming far more reflective and soul-searching. He knows something is missing from his life…



Early reviews have been excellent:
This is a great story greatly told. A masterly narrative for a powerful and exciting journey. What a joy to read!
Derek Jacobi

A really enjoyable and relaxing read, and I so look forward to the final development.
Julian Glover

The second part of the E G Rawlings Trilogy introduces a miscellany of upper middle-class families. As he visits Dundee, Adelaide, Boston and Sarajevo, further problems await the conscientious Rawlings.
Timothy West

EG Rawlings. The grandfather I wish I’d had and the one I’d wish to be. So moving, in so many directions.
Ian Lavender

It’s an astonishing novel. Five stars.
Elite Reviewing Group

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Hazel Brand
A Year of Trials for EG Rawlings
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Great story - and a fitting follow-up to the first Rawlings book. Just enough of a 'refresh' on the characters and storyline to make it suitable to read as a standalone - but why would anyone want to do that? Can't wait for the 3rd in the trilogy - bring it on!

Hilary Roberts
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E.G's remarkable journey continues revisiting his painful past in Sarajevo and North America to reluctantly write his memoirs. It's a bittersweet return with memories of his beloved Mia providing some unexpected surprises. He is reuited with grandson Felix having survived a somewhat harrowing situation and he continues to be surrounded by several overwrought women. How will he cope? Is there happiness around the corner? I thoroughly recommend Books 1 and 2 and can't wait to read the final book.

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Tania Sweet
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A great sequel to "The Strange Year of EG Rawlings". Jane has a wonderful way of describing her characters which holds one from the first page. I look forward to the final book of the Trilogy. A great read.

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Jane Moffett
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This sequel to “The Strange Year of E.G.Rawlings” did not disappoint. Once again, the reader was compelled to quickly devour the intriguing narrative with its interesting characters. The tantalising end leaves you hoping the next addition to the trilogy will not be too far away!!! This is everything a novel should be.

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