Local author’s new war-torn novel

The new novel will be out in December.
The new novel will be out in December.
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A local author is to release his fourth novel, The Girl I Left Behind Me, in December.

A local author is to release his fourth novel, The Girl I Left Behind Me, in December.

Robert Cubitt, who lives in Byfield, has been writing full time since he retired from his job in logistics with the Ministry of Defence in Bicester.

Set in 2012, the novel follows the intertwining lives of British soldier Sgt ‘Lofty’ Lofthouse and Youssef, a British Muslim as they fight on opposite sides of the conflict in Afghanistan.

Both born in North London, Lofty and Youseff lead very different lives. Sgt Lofthouse is an idealistic soldier undertaking a sixth month tour in Helmand province, while Youssef is a former imam and pacifist driven into the arms of extremists after his parents were killed in an American drone strike.

The trials of war sees both men’s beliefs tested to breaking point as they struggle to maintain their relationships with partners left back in Britain.

A final twist of fate leaves both men stranded under a collapsed house, where as they contemplate their mortality Lofty and Youssef question each other’s motives and the morality of their different perspectives.

Mr Cubitt said : “Soldiers have been doing a very difficult job out there. They have been working in very difficult conditions. But I also wanted to draw attention to the fact our motives for being in Afghanistan are very questionable.

“We have heard a lot about the war in Afghanistan but sometimes it seems like we don’t always see both sides of the story. Both of my characters end up trapped, and are forced to discuss how they ended up fighting in this terrible conflict.”

Mr Cubitt said The Girl I Left Behind Me was his first recognition by a publishing company.

The Girl I Left Behind Me will be released online in e-book format, and Mr Cubitt said he was in the process of writing a sequel.

For more details visit robertcubitt.com.