Philip Gray

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New Release

Two Storm Wood
(2022)

Three months after the Armistice, a young woman sets out across the haunted wastelands of the Western Front to learn the fate of the man she loved. 

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The Times Book of the Month (Thrillers)

[A] splendidly realised historical thriller... Although the novel is deftly plotted and the atmosphere all distorting fog and claustrophobic dugouts, its achievement lies in Gray's finely worked portraits of the pity of war - those damaged by conflict and those who have to deal with its mind-altering consequences.

James Owen, The Times

In this poignant, intricately plotted novel, Gray succeeds in entwining two powerful tales - a love story and a hate story - in a way that, right from the shocking start, is both convincing and enthralling.

Virginia Baily, Sunday Times bestselling author of Early One Morning

Intelligent, chilling murder mystery set among the wastelands of a war-ravaged France. Deftly plotted, and also a brilliant character piece, teeming with ideas about devotion, radicalism, identity, race, and the ethics of battlefields. Mightily rewarding.

Dominic Nolan, bestselling author of Past Life and Vine Street

Two Storm Wood has the literary class, intellectual depth, and thriller pacing of Robert Harris at his best - with an added spine-tingling aura of menace worthy of Stephen King. It's the most chilling portrayal of a historical period since Philip Kerr's novels of Nazi Berlin, yet at its core Gray's masterpiece is a heart-rending story of sacrifice, love and loyalty.

Matt Rees, Crime Writers Association award winning author of the Omar Yussef  series

Reviews & Press

One of the most evocative thrillers I've ever read. The writing is superb – shades of Hollinghurst and Pat Barker combine in a taut, finely plotted mystery. Be warned – this dark, intelligent story is very hard to put down.  Haunting, cinematic, and utterly gripping.

David John, New York Times bestselling author of Star of the North

A quite terrifying literary thriller. The world has been waiting for a worthy successor to Sebastian Faulks’s Birdsong – now Philip Gray has delivered it. This novel really is that good. The desolate, nightmarish atmosphere of the WW1 battlefields and the aftermath of more than four years of slaughter is expertly portrayed in what is both a very moving love story and fascinating mystery. A novel that will stay long in the reader’s memory after the last page is turned.

David Young, Crime Writers Association award winning author of the Stasi Child series

Immersive and eerily atmospheric, Gray’s novel delivers vivid historic detail and gripping suspense, aligning more closely with Dan Simmons’s Drood (2009) and Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow than to most WWI thrillers.

Christine Tran, Booklist (*starred review)

Powerful historical fiction and a testament to war's insanity.

Kirkus Reviews

Assured, atmospheric, and meticulously researched, Two Storm Wood sheds light on the horrors and the trauma that continued even after the Armistice. It is that most wonderful of creations -  a novel that informs while keeping you on the edge of your seat.

Abir Mukherjee, Sunday Times bestselling author of the Wyndham & Banerjee crime series

Couldn't put this down. A thriller and romance set amidst the post-Armistice battlefields and the damaged people trying to do right by the dead. Extraordinary setting, great characters, bursting with ideas.

Dominick Donald, author of Breathe, Sunday Times Crime Book of the Year 2018

Two Storm Wood is an impressive achievement. It sheds a powerful light on a neglected aspect of World War One history. I can’t recommend it enough.

Alan Parks, author of Bloody January, shortlisted for the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière

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