Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Culture Club Book Group; 2008 National Year of Reading

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Culture Club Book Group; 2008 National Year of Reading

Article excerpt

THIS month, The Journal Culture Club's book group reviews one of the most popular books of the year, Random Acts of Heroic Love by Danny Scheinmann.

Can love outwit death? An epic novel of two lives sustained through the memory of love.

1992: Leo Deakin wakes up in a hospital somewhere in South America, his girlfriend Eleni is dead and Leo doesn't know where he is or how Eleni died. He blames himself for the tragedy and is sucked into a spiral of despair. But Leo is about to discover something which will change his life forever.

1917: Moritz Daniecki is a fugitive from a Siberian POW camp. Seven thousand kilometres over the Russian Steppes separate him from his village and his sweetheart, whose memory has kept him alive through carnage and captivity.

Moritz faces a perilous journey across a continent riven by civil war.

When he finally limps back into his village to claim the hand of the woman he left behind, will she still be waiting?

Danny Scheinmann paints a dramatic portrait of two men sustaining their lives through the memory of love. …

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