Conscience on trial
Frail and disillusioned, Bill Rowe languishes in a prison cell. As the Luftwaffe pass overhead, he relives his journey from a basement in Gateshead to a tribunal in London tasked with examining and judging that most private and intimate of things: conscience. But will he die a coward or will he find the strength to confront his past?
"Wall’s inspiring novel of an incredibly brave man's resistance during the Second World War resounds powerfully with our times. Scarred by wars, means-testing, broken promises and poverty, The Coward tells the story of Bill Rowe’s political awakening in 1930s Britain and his courageous stand against the so-called People’s War. Beautifully told, The Coward speaks of a world hideously deformed by the rich in wars fought by the poor. Even the loneliest resistance of the novels hero transforms the story into an exceptionally vital and vivid parable for today."
Leo Zeilig, author of Eddie the Kid
The Coward was published in July by Roundfire. It can be purchased from Amazon and Bookmarks.
It has been reviewed in Socialist Review and Independent Labour Publications.