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David Fiddimore was born in 1944 in Yorkshire and is married with two children. He worked for five years at the Royal Veterinary College before joining HM Customs and Excise, where his work included postings to the investigation and intelligence divisions. Tuesdayâ€™s War is the first in a proposed trilogy featuring Charlie Bassett.
A heartfelt and uplifting story of friendships and passions bound by danger in World War Two, Tuesday's War is the highly acclaimed debut finalist of Richard & Judy's How to Get Published competition 2005
Suez, Egypt. It's 1953 and the `Canal Zone', a strip of land vital to Britain's access to transport, fuel and trade, is being put under pressure by local military forces. Hundreds of thousands of British troops are sent to defend our interests in Egypt, and their casualty levels suppressed. Reluctant ex-RAF radio operator Charlie Bassett finds his services are required for Queen and country again. Before he knows it he's been drafted - and he's not quite certain for what. Sent for weapons training and practice parachute jumps, the only thing that keeps him going are the bevy of beautiful women he encounters along the way . . . After a hair raising journey via Malta and Cyprus - neither welcoming an extra British serviceman - Egypt, initially, seems far from being the land of pleasure and excitement that he'd hoped for. Then a face from the past comes back into his life - bringing nothing but trouble with her. Under fire, from both friend and foe, Charlie's sense of adventure is awakened once more as he discovers that Egypt is a land of opportunity for the enterprising mind - and Charlie is nothing if not enterprising . . .
The third book in the wartime series continuing from Tuesday's War and Charlie's War. The war's over. Charlie Bassett is one of England's brave young survivors. Haunted by one woman's smile and by his wartime adventures, he finally returns back home to try to pick up the pieces of his broken life. There's just one small problem - everyone thinks he's dead. Arrested as a deserter, his only way out of prison is to work for a shadowy government agency monitoring the growth of Communism in post-war Europe. Special radio missions keep him busy in the air, while his all-female team, headed up by the icy Miss Miller, keeps his feet firmly on the ground. But then Charlie is forced to go undercover as a spy in a Communist group called the Rubble Rats. The government calls them the Red Menace, but Charlie finds a group of hard-working families just trying to get by - and his loyalties are torn. When he discovers that Grace Baker is one of them, Charlie must make some difficult decisions. For king and country? Or for the woman he once loved?
This wasn't to be the last time that we left pieces of aeroplane all over Germany, but you remember your first time. It's just like your first kiss. It is 1944 and as their battered Lancaster Bomber limps home to base in thick fog, an RAF crew are horrified to find a second Bomber just moments in front. It is too close for their own pilot to react, but in one skilful move their forerunner swoops out of the way and the crew's lives are saved. Back on the runway the seven, thankful young men eagerly await their saviour's return and are stunned, when the pilot climbs down from the cockpit, to find themselves face to face with female Air Transport Auxiliary pilot Grace Baker. Grace quickly befriends the crew, introducing them to their new Bomber, `Tuesday's Child' and ensconsing herself in their spare bunk. Then when rear gunner `Pete the Pole' absconds, the lads don't think twice about asking Grace to secretly take his place in 'Tuesday' as they return to Germany . . . As radio operator Charlie Bassett regales the reader with the drama of combat during his eight weeks aboard `Tuesday's Child' in 1944, a funny, authentic and deeply humane tale unfolds. Comparable to Sebastian Faulks' Birdsong, Tuesday's War races vividly across the page, emotionally entwining the reader in the lives and friendships of its extraordinary characters and awakening us to the heroics and realities of war.