This spring we are proud to celebrate the release of one of 2014’s most hotly anticipated novels: The Dynamite Room by Jason Hewitt, in which we are thrown into the realms of war from a strikingly original perspective.
It is July 1940 and 11 year-old Lydia returns to her Edwardian home in Suffolk to discover that her family are gone. Late that night a soldier appears, gun in hand and heralding a full-blown German invasion. There are, he explains to her, certain rules by which she must now abide. He won’t hurt Lydia, but she cannot leave the house. So begins Lydia’s journey to discover the history and intentions of this mysterious figure – but how does he known her name and why does he seem so familiar?
A disquieting and thrilling novel, The Dynamite Room continues the great tradition of war literature with a poignant and contemporary resonance. In lyrical and compelling prose, Hewitt masterfully explores the bonds we share that make us human, with each page more hypnotic than the last.