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Izzy's War by Isla Dewar
  

Selected by Sarah Broadhurst

Funny, eccentric but real and readable are the hallmarks of Isla Dewar's novels and they are here in spades as we follow the WW2 life and loves of Izzy, a pilot in the Air Transport Auxiliary.

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Izzy's War by Isla Dewar

'There was rapture in Izzy's life. It came when she was flying. She thought she could write a book about the things she'd seen from above - herds of deer, hundreds of them, rippling across hilltops, houses...people small as matchstick men. Once, she'd seen a couple entangled in their own not-as-private-as-they-thought rapture on a sun-soaked moor. She was addicted to the air'. Vicar's daughter Izzy feels hugely guilty that she's having a very good war. Having learned to fly in a travelling circus before the war, she's now joined the Air Transport Auxiliary as one of their few female pilots and is having the time of her life. The only cloud on the horizon is having to lie to her father about her exact role in the ATA. Her father is against the whole notion of women flying - he certainly wouldn't approve of her becoming a 'spitfire girl'. Izzy also feels distinctly out of place among the more upper class ladies of the ATA. She would love to be as worldly as her flighty housemate, Julia, or as sophisticated as society wife Clare. But when Izzy finds herself falling for the charms of a dashing American doctor it is to Julia and Clare that she turns for help...


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A smashing heroine, a thoroughly satisfying story that will make you want to laugh and cry. I really did enjoy this novel * Maureen Lee * Isla is the best, the funniest, the cleverest, the most enjoyable...writer in Scotland today. I can guarantee that you too would enrich your life beyond all measure by discovering Isla Dewar * Robin Pilcher * Dewar's extraordinary gift is to make the reader care about the eventual fate of every one of her characters * Scotland on Sunday * Isla Dewar is a warm-hearted and gifted storyteller * Catherine Ryan Hyde * A realist, observant and needle-sharp, Isla Dewar can be very funny * The Times *


About the Author

Isla Dewar

Isla Dewar was born in Edinburgh. She wrote articles for magazines and newspapers for many years before she wrote her first novel, Keeping Up with Magda, in 1995. She lives in Fife with her husband, a cartoonist; they have two sons.

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Book Info

Publication date

12th May 2011

Author

Isla Dewar

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Publisher

Ebury Press

Format

Paperback
512 pages

Categories

Historical Fiction
Historical Fiction
Romantic Fiction
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ISBN

9780091938130

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