The Crime Writers' Association

Ian Fleming Steel 2017

William Ryan
The Constant Soldier
shortlisted
Mantle

Hive Amazon

Lyrical and yet gripping writing exploring guilt, fear, identity and how people act in time of war. Evocative period detail with a range of superbly etched characters full of depth, heart and honesty. Ryan’s story is beautifully written and achieves an impressive thoughtfulness in the midst of a necessarily harrowing WW2 narrative.