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Giles Foden was born in 1967 and spent his youth in Africa. Between 1990 and 2006 he worked as an editor at the Times Literary Supplement and the Guardian. In 1998 he published The Last King of Scotland, which won the Whitbread First Novel Award and was later made into a feature film. The author of two other novels and also a work of narrative non-fiction, in 2007 he was appointed Professor of Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. He lives in Norfolk.
Successfully blending one man’s fictional story with real life events and related by a flawed and anxious young scientist, this is a complex and gripping tale of weather and war as the right conditions for D-Day is sought. It’s not as gripping as The Last King of Scotland but it’s certainly as enjoyable. Comparison: Sebastian Faulks, Robert Edric, William Boyd.