Whirligig was awarded a silver medal at the 2017 Wishing Shelf Book Awards

and also shortlisted for the 2017 Rubery International Book Award 

Shire leaves his home and his life in Victorian England for the sake of a childhood promise, a promise that pulls him into the bleeding heart of the American Civil War. Lost in the bloody battlefields of the West, he discovers a second home for his loyalty.


Clara believes she has escaped from a predictable future of obligation and privilege, but her new life in the Appalachian Hills of Tennessee is decaying around her. In the mansion of Comrie, long hidden secrets are being slowly exhumed by a war that creeps ever closer.

The first novel from multi-award winning short-story writer Richard Buxton, Whirligig is at once an outsider’s odyssey through the battle for Tennessee, a touching story of impossible love, and a portrait of America at war with itself. Self-interest and conflict, betrayal and passion, all fuse into a fateful climax.  



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Amazon US

Amazon UK



eBook and Paperback available in all other Amazon regions.


Paperback also sold through other on-line bookshops.

Read Richard Buxton's interview about Whirligig at Let Them Read Books



Click here to see a review of Whirligig from author Helen Hollick




Review from Mary Anne Yarde at the Coffee Pot Book Club


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Some exploratory Whirligig art from Juliet Croydon.

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