A passionate love affair, a devastating war, a tragedy with a twist...
The year was 1939. War had just been declared. When Chris Lessing, a young army officer from the Transvaal meets Joan Mercer, a pretty young woman from Simon’s Town at the beginning of the Second World War, the chemistry is spontaneous and explosive. He is Afrikaans, she is English. They come from different worlds but believe their love is strong enough to survive despite the odds.
This is a story of a passionate love affair and a future filled with promise, blighted by a devastating war, where all was given and nothing returned.
Did Chris Lessing know too much about the activities of his wartime unit 30 AU? Was this a crime of passion? Or was the Coroner’s decision correct?
Assassination, murder or accidental death?
Pieced together from wartime letters, Lan Reid weaves an extraordinary story of love and hope and guilt and jealousy between two individuals for whom fate had different plans. Well researched and keenly observed without sentiment, Laugh back the Sun is a remarkable debut – not least because it is true. Robin Stuart-Clark
Captain Lessing’s letters fill an important gap in the history of South Africans seconded to the Royal Marines during the Second World War. Cdr. Mac Eoin Bisset SA Navy (Retd)