Unconditional Surrender charts these changes though two voices, the rector of a rural parish in north Wales, and a mysterious German countess housed under his care as a displaced person. At the centre of their attention is Meg, the rector's daughter, and her increasingly fraught relationships with a conscientious objector and a young prisoner-of-war held nearby. The results of these relationships are as momentous, in their way, as the bombing of Hiroshima.
Unconditional Surrender sets young against old, local against international, and follows the changing social mores of a unique period in history. Fascinating in its characterisation and scope, beautifully executed, this is Emyr Humphreys at his best.
Emyr Humphreys is the author of twenty novels in English and Welsh, and has also published collections of stories and poetry. He has written screenplays and adapted other works for television and radio, in addition to producing and directing in both of those media. His novels have won the Arts Council of Wales Book of the Year, Hawthornden and other prizes.