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From the highly acclaimed author of The Photographer of the Lost, a BBC Radio 2 Book Club Pick, comes a tale of a young war widow and one life-changing, sun-drenched visit to Cornwall in the summer of 1923...

Esme Nicholls is to spend the summer in Cornwall. Her late husband Alec, who died fighting in the war, grew up in Penzance, and she’s hoping to learn more about the man she loved and lost.

While there, she will stay with Gilbert, in his rambling seaside house, where he lives with his former brothers in arms. Esme is fascinated by this community of eccentric artists and former soldiers, and as she gets to know the men and their stories, she begins to feel this summer might be exactly what she needs.

But everything is not as idyllic as it seems – a mysterious new arrival later in the summer will turn Esme’s world upside down, and make her question everything she thought she knew about her life, and the people in it.

Full of light, laughter and larger-than-life characters, The Visitors is a novel of one woman finally finding her voice and choosing her own path forwards.

Praise for Caroline Scott:

‘A page-turning literary gem’ The Times, Best Books of 2020

'A touching novel of love and loss' Sunday Times

'A beautifully written must-read' heat

'A gripping, devastating novel' Sarra Manning, RED

‘A powerful novel’ Good Housekeeping

‘A heartbreaking read’ Anita Frank

'Breathtaking exploration of loss, love and precious memories’ My Weekly, Pick of the Month

‘Achingly moving and most beautifully written’ Rachel Hore

‘This beautiful book packs a huge emotional punch’ Fabulous

‘Drew me in from the first line and held me enthralled until the very end' Fiona Valpy

‘Quietly devastating' Daily Mail

'A compulsive, heart-wrenching read' Liz Trenow

‘Powerful’ Woman & Home

'Page turning, mysterious, engrossing and compelling' Lorna Cook

‘A carefully nuanced, complex story’ Woman’s Weekly

‘Caroline Scott evokes the damage and desolation of the Great War with aching authenticity' Iona Grey

‘Poignant’ Best

'Momentous, revelatory and astonishing historical fiction!' Historical Novel Society

‘Wonderful and evocative’ Suzanne Goldring

‘Based on true events, this is a powerful story’ Bella

‘Immersive, poignant, intricately woven’ Judith Kinghorn

‘An evocative read’ heat

‘The story left me breathless’ Kate Furnivall

‘A poignant hymn to those who gave up their lives for their country and to those who were left behind’ Fanny Blake

'I was utterly captivated by this novel' Isabelle Broom

About The Author

(c) Johnny Ring

Caroline completed a PhD in History at the University of Durham. She has a particular interest in the experience of women during the First World War, in the challenges faced by the returning soldier. Caroline is originally from Lancashire, but now lives in south-west France.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (December 9, 2021)
  • Length: 400 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781398508187

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Raves and Reviews

‘Beautifully written, with evocative images of Cornwall, and addressing grief and the horrors of war, Esme’s journey will stay with you for a very long time'

– Heat, read of the week

'The Visitors is a beautifully evoked exploration of love, grief and redemption set in a particularly gorgeous part of Cornwall and with a narrative twist that I didn't see coming. A wonderful novel'

– Rachel Hore

‘Enchanting and beautifully written’

– Fabulous Magazine

‘Caroline Scott weaves a tale about grief, love and life-changing revelations’

– Woman’s Own

‘Written with breathtaking beauty, sensuality, honesty and insight, Scott’s compassionate and compelling mystery story melds a cast of achingly real characters into a landscape of glittering, white-edged seas, ridged and rippled sand, azure skies and light rendered exquisitely iridescent and elemental'

– Pam Norfolk, Lancashire Evening Post


– Bella

‘A poignant novel about love, loss and rebuilding your life’

– Yours Book Club

‘Great New Year Reads’

– Choice

'#The Visitors by Caroline Scott is food for the soul on steroids'

– Dinah Jefferies

‘Well my first read of 2022 has set the bar very high. I’ve long been a fan of Caroline Scott, but my goodness me, her latest novel, The Visitors, is an absolute stunner. I read a lot, and enjoy a lot, of books, but I usually have some slight niggle by the end. Not this time. This beautiful book is, to my mind, perfect in every way. The writing is just sublime, the gentle story unfolding with poignancy and warmth. There were moments that raised a smile, moments that brought an ache to my heart, and there were revelations that took me by surprise. The Visitors is a very special book indeed and I urge you to read it.’

– Anita Frank

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