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Clan Reading - A Chocolate Soldier
Fri 16 December 2016, 15:15 – 16:00 GMT
Tippermuir Books and MadeinPerth present a Clan of Readings. Tippermuir Books is a wee independent publishing company based in Perthshire. Founded in 2009, Tippermuir Books has grown from humble beginnings, albeit slowly, and has to date produced fiction, non-fiction, a play, and an anthology. It is always keen to receive book proposals from local authors. MadeinPerth is a Perth based charity with remit to promote cultural events in the Fair City. It runs the popular and celebrated local history website .
- 1515: Dave W. Millar will read from A Chocolate Soldier.
- In A Chocolate Soldier, Dave W. Millar tells the story of Neil, an eighteen-year old who dreams of going to Cambridge University to study history. The trouble is, up until a recent Damascene conversion, Neil had been on track to pursue a career in the sciences. When he gains temporary employment in a care home for the elderly, Neil meets Oleg, a survivor of the Siege of Stalingrad. Oleg has witnessed his family murdered by German soldiers with his sister raped and killed. But the old Red Army veteran carries his own guilty secret from the war and is beset by nightmares. Neil and Oleg start up an uneasy friendship, which is brokered by Sheila, the care home manager. As the novel progresses, we meet Sheila’s son Harry, who has his own adventure. The story culminates in an unusual dénouement for Neil, Harry, Sheila, and Oleg. With its themes of love, guilt, friendship, and redemption, A Chocolate Soldier is a gripping novel that reminds us that we are always in a ‘state of becoming’. (“The most entertaining book I have read in a long time,” Amazon.) Dave has written comedy sketches for television and stand-up comedians, composed humorous copy lines for over 500 greeting cards in the UK and America, and written but not yet actively marketed two screenplays.