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Why I wrote this book
Knight was written in the aftermath of personal tragedy; the death of my wife from cancer.
As I have observed with many who go through this experience, the process of grieving and emerging from the grief to re-start one’s life seems to require an act of dedication; the creation of something ‘worthwhile’, to honour the one who is now lost forever. Some people create foundations or charities, some make movies, but most of us cannot contemplate such grand efforts, and so we do something smaller, perhaps more personal. In my case, the activity was to write; and what emerged was a vision of how a hero might deal with such a tragedy; how something beyond our everyday lives could result from the despair of loss. It wasn’t a very great leap to imagine such a situation being ‘knightly’. And so, the period and the nature of the story were established. The story is fictional, although set in a real historical context; however, the feelings and the emotions are real. And, the hope which I found in the hero of the story became the hope in my own life. And, as the story took shape, it carried me forward from sadness and despair until I could once again smile at the world.
I believe the book will appeal to those readers who want ‘substance’ in their stories; who want to get inside their characters; who want to feel the internal struggles of living a meaningful life. There is action enough, but essentially the story is a love story, a tragedy, and above all, a vision of hope after all seemed lost.I don’t yet feel able to compare my writing with that of established authors; however, those whose writings have impacted me most, include Sebastian Faulks, Robert James Waller, Stephen Donaldson and Derek Robinson.
SynopsisIan Anderson is a mature and beautiful new voice on the literary scene. Knight is breathtaking in its scope, exquisite in its tenderness, and uplifting in its refusal to succumb to the despair which fate sometimes prepares for us. It is a story of love and valour; a story of one man's refusal to capitulate, when all the world seemed to conspire against him. Set in the early fifteenth century, in the last days of the Age of Chivalry, this is the story of a king's champion, who, robbed of the love and beauty of the woman who had made his life complete, and stripped of all he had worked for and achieved, still, somehow, found the will and the strength to pick himself up, and move forward again, and, in the process, carry a king to victory on the battlefields of France. This gripping work of historical fiction, weaving together strands of romance, tragedy and drama, reflects the real pain and suffering associated with loss. It exemplifies the ongoing struggle of the grieving process; between the need to retreat into the memories of the world which has been lost, and the need to find a way to move forward again. It is ultimately a book of hope, written by an author who has made the journey.
ReviewsGary Smailes (copy-editor)
I loved your book . I have been editing for many years. I have only, once before, told a writer that his book was a potential best seller... you are the second.
amazon.co.uk (Maria McCafferty - reader)
I loved this book, I could not put it down. I felt drawn in immediately, a wonderful read! Highly recommended.