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Dover Beach

by Leslie Thomas

eBooks of the Month Family Drama Historical Fiction Relationship Stories

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When you get an old trooper like Leslie Thomas you know you are in good hands.  Essentially this is the story of people coping with, taking advantage of and loving war.  There is a spirit of live now/ pay later about this novel which is steeped in nostalgia and spotted with true-blooded Brits, oh, and a French woman.  It’s a lovely, light period read.

Comparison: Alan Titchmarsh, Keith Waterhouse, David Lodge.
Similar this month: Billy Hopkins.

Sarah Broadhurst

Dover Beach Synopsis

Summer 1940. The evacuation of Dunkirk proves that the British can rise to a challenge, even under seemingly insurmountable odds.But now the soldiers, weary and defeated, wander the streets of Dover, conscious that over the channel and above them in the skies, the might of the German war machine comes ever closer.
But life must go on and people must take comfort where they find it.TobyHendry, a fighter pilot, is awaiting orders when he meets Giselle, a young Frenchwoman who took the chance to flee occupied France with the English troops.Their love affair feels like a summer idyll, but can it withstand the forces of war?

Meanwhile, reserve naval commander Paul Instow has been called up to fight in a war for which he feels too old.Distracting him from his worries is Molly, a young Dover prostitute.Their relationship is tender and happy, but is this a love born from desperation or something more permanent? And then there are Harold, Spot and Boots, three boys desperate to fight the German invaders, armed only with catapults and a stolen bren gun…In Dover Beach Thomas chronicles the lives and loves of ordinary people in besieged Britain during these tense, but curiously elated days.

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ISBN: 9780434013265
Publication date: 03/11/2005
Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780434013265
Publication date: 3rd November 2005
Author: Leslie Thomas
Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Genres: eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Historical Fiction, Relationship Stories,

About Leslie Thomas

Born in Newport, Monmouthshire, 1931, Leslie Thomas is the son of a sailor who was lost of sea in 1943. His boyhood in an orphanage is evoked in This Time Next Week published in 1964. At sixteen, he became a reporter, before going on to do his national service. He won worldwide acclaim with his bestselling novel The Virgin Soldiers, which has achieved international sales of over two million copies. Leslie Thomas died in May 2014.

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