The Return Home

Justin Huggler

200 pages April 2017 manuscript in English Literary Fiction

“Huggler’s writing is vivid and utterly convincing” – The Guardian

When Jack, a war correspondent and wayward soul, returns home to Jersey from Afghanistan, he turns the life of the Merryweather family upside down. To ten-year-old Ben and his sister he seems frighteningly changed, and they watch helplessly as the man they remember struggles to bring himself back from the brink.

Twenty years later, Ben himself returns home after a long absence. With his own family in turmoil, he is vividly reminded of that fateful winter and realises that he must finally make sense of those months with his uncle Jack to help him decide his future.

In the mould of Sadie Jones’s The Outcast or David Mitchell’s Black Swan Green, The Return Home is an evocative tale about the breaking and mending of relationships, and facing failure in order to move on.