Francesa Saliba’s father died in a cleverly constructed traffic accident when she was eleven. as the only witness, she knew it was murder but only her English unle, a West Country parish priest, believed her story. Her father’s death marked the end of her Maltese childhood: within days, she has been spirited out of the country, her passport had been revoked and she found herself living in the eccentric little world of the one relative prepared to take her in – Father William Arrowsmith, the most English of men, the most Catholic of priests.
Father William’s Daughter tells the story of a refugee forced to start a new life in the alien world of an English market town and traces Francesa’s journey home ten years later, where she begins her quest to discover why her father was killed and who betrayed him. But as Francesca and her long-suffering guardian revisit the murky past-independence world of her childhood, they are forced to acknowledge that the truth may be more elusive and more distressing than they could ever have imagined.
Told alternately through the eyes of Francesca and the unwritten memories of Fr William, the novel ultimately pays tribute to the most unlikely of friendships forged across cultures and generations, ant the enduring power of friendship when all other loyalties are challenged.