A young boy goes missing during a workers' strike in 1980s Communist Poland, unravelling a chain of events which will touch people across decades and continents. Joanna, a young journalist in Warsaw, is still looking for her brother, who's been missing for over twenty years. Matty, a high-flying London city financier is struggling with relationship problems and unexplained panic attacks. And in Chicago, an old man is slowly dying in a nursing home, losing his battle with liver cancer. What connects them? As the mystery begins to unravel, the world of the three protagonists is turned upside down. But can they find each other before time runs out? A poignant historical novel about loss and self-discovery told with compassion and unflinching honesty.
One of a new generation of Polish-British authors inspired by her experience of growing up with dual cultures. The daughter of a bookseller, Ewa Dodd has been writing since she was young - starting small with short self-illustrated books for children. More recently, she has delved into novel-writing, and The Walls Came Down is her second novel, for which she was shortlisted for the Virginia Prize for Fiction. She is a graduate of the Creative Writing Course at City University and lives in Highbury, north London with her husband.