Book Review: Making Shore by Sara Allerton

Making Shore author Sara Allerton

Making Shore author Sara Allerton.

Sara Allerton, a 41-year-old mother of three from East Anglia, has received rave reviews for her very first novel Making Shore

Based on the memories of a Lancashire born Merchant Navy radio operator, Brian Clarke, the novel is a heart wrenching tale of survival, sacrifice, love and lies, set against the backdrop of the Battle of the Atlantic, during World War II.

Making Shore has been shortlisted for two national book awards this summer: The 2011 Beryl Bainbridge First Time Author Award and the annual People’s Book Prize.

Voting for the People’s Book Prize runs until 15 July and winners will be announced on 20 July. You can vote for the book by logging on to peoplesbookprize.com

Making Shore is set in the aftermath of a torpedo strike by a U-boat on a Merchant Navy vessel in 1942. The fictional drama has been brought to life through the reminiscences of 87-year-old merchant seaman Brian Clarke, a survivor from the sinking of the British merchant ship SS Sithonia.

“Brian’s experience and what he and his fellow survivors had to endure almost beggars belief,” explains Sara Allerton. “In writing the novel, I wanted people to dare to imagine how they might fare if exposed to such extreme hardship. We’re both thrilled that it’s fast becoming a favourite with so many readers.”

Andrew Wheatcroft, author of ‘The Enemy at the Gate’, said: “I don’t cry much over books, but this one brought a great lump to my throat. It is an extraordinary story – the grim face of war, chirpy unassuming courage, and running through, the need to keep faith whatever the cost.”

The People’s Book Prize is decided by readers rather than a panel of judges, and works with independent publishers and libraries. Dame Beryl Bainbridge was the founding patron of the award and during an illustrious career, several of her novels were made into films.

 

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