The Shell House is a beautifully written and sensitive portrayal of love, sexuality and spirituality over two generations. Gregs casual interest in the history of a ruined mansion becomes more personal as he slowly discovers the tragic events that overwhelmed its last inhabitants. Set against a background of the modern day and the First World War, Gregs contemporary beliefs become intertwined with those of Edmund, a foot soldier whose confusion about his sexuality and identity mirrors Gregs own feelings of insecurity. This is a complex and thought-provoking book, written with elegance and subtlety. It will change the way you think.