Staff Recommendation: Laird Hunt is the author of six novels, but this is the first to be published in the UK. I was gripped from the first page by his concise and affecting prose. Hunt gives us the voice of a soldier who has left home to fight for the Union in the American Civil War. A lethal shot, braver and more ruthless than most, an impulsive act of kindness leads our narrator to be known as Gallant Ash, a name of legends and song. But Gallant Ash has a secret running deep through each act of battle and survival. It’s a secret well worth discovering for yourself. I couldn’t put this book down.