Withernsea Lighthouse Leads Kosovo War Survivor to Her Destiny

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Author Graham Whittaker publishes a novel inspired by real places, events and people

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TOWNSVILLE, Queensland – (November 15, 2012) – From author Graham Whittaker, The Girl From Kosovo is a compelling novel of love and intrigue, where the ordinary becomes extraordinary. This new book is inspired by real events, such as the Kosovo War in the late 1990s; real places, such as the little East Yorkshire town of Withernsea, England, and its famous Lighthouse; and real people, such as the Lunns family who owned and operated The Holderness Gazette, formerly Withernsea Gazette. Whittaker takes all these elements and masterfully weaves them together into a thrilling fiction about damaged souls touching and healing each other.

When Nikita Tarasov is buried alive and critically wounded during the war in Kosovo, a voice, named Andy, tells her amazing stories about a little boy, and a lighthouse, keeping her calm. Shortly after being rescued by a psychopathic Serbian Nationalist, Max Lomax, Nikita becomes the darling of the world’s press. Now, trapped in a world of drugs, human trafficking and prostitution, Nikita promises to escape her “Guardian” and find the mysterious Andy.

Nikita has been told that Andy never existed, but his stories, the image of a Lighthouse, and a lonely little boy, haunt Nikita. Determined to prove Andy is real, Nikita discovers a town where “Andy” may have lived. One boy believes her and as the quest for the real Andy touches lives, everything changes. The rough-edged Yorkshire boy Robbie falls in love with the damaged little girl. Throughout, the Lighthouse that once shed its gentle beam across the town, and into a frightened little boy’s bedroom, guides Nikita to her destiny.

Powerfully poignant and exceptionally evocative, The Girl From Kosovo is a tale that tackles big themes with the most engaging narrative. This is a story readers will remember long after its final pages have been turned.

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About the Author
Graham Whittaker was born in East Yorkshire and worked at various occupations. Galley boy on North Sea trawlers. Seven years as a Radio Operator in the Royal Navy. At the age of 18, he was nominated as ‘one of the five most promising poets in Britain.’ He immediately gave up writing poetry. Since then he has written hundreds of short stories under female pseudonyms for most major women's magazines, and has ghost written a number of books. He continues to earn his income as a Writer on Demand, and teaches English as a Second Language. He travels extensively in the Asia/Oceania region and has two ‘adopted’ Chinese daughters. His time is taken up with travel within China and Vietnam. He lives with his partner and a German Shepherd called Zeus, in Far North Queensland, Australia.

The Girl From Kosovo * by Graham Whittaker
Publication Date: November 13, 2012
Trade Paperback; $39.99; 449 pages; 978-1-4797-0649-5
Trade Hardback; $59.99; 449 pages; 978-1-4797-0650-1

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