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Second World War fiction

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The Prisoner's Wife

The Prisoner's Wife

Author: Maggie Brookes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/08/2020

'An absorbing and engaging tale of wartime bravery and endurance. Bill and Izabela are such tenderly drawn characters ... I loved it!' RACHEL HORE, author of Last Letter Home and The Memory Garden _______________________________ Their love is a death sentence. But can it keep them alive? Czechoslovakia, 1944. In the dead of night, a farm girl and a British soldier creep through abandoned villages. Secretly married and on the run, Bill and Izabela are searching for Izabela's brother and father, who are fighting for the Czech resistance. They know their luck will not last. Captured by the German army, it seems they must be separated - but they have prepared for this moment. By cutting her hair and pretending to be mute, Izabela successfully disguises herself as a British soldier. Together, they face the terrible conditions of a POW camp, reliant on the help of their fellow POWs to maintain their fragile deception. Their situation is beyond dangerous. If Izabela is discovered, she and Bill - and all the men who helped them - will face lethal consequences. _______________________________ A novel set in war-torn Czechoslovakia amid the extreme privations of a prisoner of war camp, based on a true story of passion, heroism and a love that transcends overwhelming odds. _______________________________ 'Deeply moving and compelling ... an epic journey not only across war-torn countries but deep into the heart of what it is to be human. A heart-rending story beautifully told.' JUDITH ALLNAT, author of The Poet's Wife and The Silk Factory 'Heart-wrenching and heart-warming in equal measure, The Prisoner's Wife is an unputdownable novel ... finely crafted, atmospheric, often nail-biting.' BEN KANE, author of The Eagles of Rome series 'A story of danger, fear, determination and the redemptive power of love in war-torn Europe. It is a story that Hemingway might have envied.' JULIET GARDINER, author of Wartime: Britain 1939 to 1945 and The Blitz: The British Under Attack. 'A gripping novel that explores the question of how much the human body, and the human spirit, can endure for the sake of love. The wealth of authentic detail makes it feel like a memoir ... I feel enriched to have read it.' GILL PAUL, author of The Lost Daughter and The Secret Wife 'The Prisoner's Wife seamlessly and skilfully breathes intense, fully realised life into the stark scenes it describes. I was by turns moved, outraged and humbled' DEBORAH KAY DAVIES, author of True Things About Me 'A powerful page-turner' MARIE BENEDICT, New York Times bestselling author of Lady Clementine 'You will be spellbound by this stellar novel. So richly imbued with sensory details you'll be feeling every anguished moment and every golden ray of hope.' SUSAN MEISSNER, bestselling author of The Last Year of the War 'The most unique World War II story I've ever read... Romantic, perfectly observed, inspiring, and thrilling - The Prisoner's Wife is impossible to put down - and when I did, I was teary-eyed. A complete winner.' SARAH-JANE STRATFORD, author of Red Letter Days 'Tremendous ... this is much more than a love story' GEORGINA CLARKE, author of Death and the Harlot 'Engrossing, harrowing and heart-warming' ANN MORGAN, author of Reading The World 'It's hard to imagine this novel is based on a true story ... a story of hope and courage against all odds' Woman's Weekly 'This is a beautiful book that will give any reader in dark times a reason to believe in the continuing goodness of people' NICOLA GRIFFITH, author of Hild

Embers of War

Embers of War

Author: RJJ Hall Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/07/2020

In the dying days of Battle for Italy, who can stay alive, sane and in love? It's summer 1944. Nine months after its liberation, war-torn Naples teems with Allied troops but the inhabitants struggle with lack of food and work, and prostitution is rife. As the bitter Italian campaign enters its second year, Frank, a British officer, knows he's a lucky man. Since reopening an abandoned theatre, he is relishing the chance to stage operas to entertain the Tommies. Vermillion, an officer in the ATS, loves the independence and fulfilment of working at the theatre. And with Frank falling for her, she begins to return his feelings. But firebombs from an air raid fan the flames of Frank's memories of four years of war. Nightmares threaten to undermine him. Should he hang on in Naples? Or should he confront his fears by rejoining his former comrades as they fight their way north towards the Alps? And if Frank returns to the front, what will Vermillion do? She won't stay in Naples just waiting for his return. This is RJJ Hall's second novel set in Italy during WWII. The first Theatres of War - also published by Troubador - won The People's Book Prize (Fiction) 2013/14. Both novels, seen through the eyes of combatants and civilians, evoke the convulsions of the 'forgotten' Italian campaign. They make engrossing reading for anyone with an interest in historical wartime novels, Italy, opera and love stories.

Kittyhawk Down

Kittyhawk Down

Author: Jonathan Nicholas Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/07/2020

Sunday 28th June 1942 Flight Sergeant Dennis Copping took off in a single-seat Kittyhawk fighter for a short flight across Egypt. He never arrived at his destination. The aeroplane was later found crash-landed, virtually intact, three hundred miles into the Sahara with no sign of the pilot. There is evidence he survived the landing and indeed stayed with the aeroplane for a while, but he has so far never been found. Why was it there and what happened to the pilot? After extensive research including regular contact with surviving relatives and the man who first found the aeroplane, Jonathan Nicholas has pieced together Dennis Copping's desert war blending real people, events and places into an exciting new novel, a thrilling wartime desert mystery never-before-told.

Force 10 from Navarone

Force 10 from Navarone

Author: Alistair MacLean Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/07/2020

The thrilling sequel to Alistair MacLean's masterpiece of World War II adventure, The Guns of Navarone. Now reissued in a new cover style. The guns of Navarone have been silenced, but the heroic survivors have no time to rest on their laurels. Almost before the last echoes of the famous guns have died away, Keith Mallory, Andrea and Dusty Miller are parachuting into war-torn Yugoslavia to rescue a division of Partisans ... and to fulfil a secret mission, so deadly that it must be hidden from their own allies.

The Young Survivors

The Young Survivors

Author: Debra Barnes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/07/2020

What if everyone you loved was suddenly taken away? Five siblings struggle to stay together as the tides of war threaten to tear them apart. When Germany invades France in the Second World War, the five Laskowski children lose everything: their home, their Jewish community and most devastatingly their parents who are abducted in the night. There is no safe place left for them to evade the Nazis, but they cling together, never certain when the authorities will come for what is left of them. Inspired by the poignant, true story of the author's mother, this moving historical novel conveys the hardship, the uncertainty and the impossible choices the Laskowski children were forced to make to survive the horrors of the Holocaust.

Secrets She Kept

Secrets She Kept

Author: Cathy Gohlke Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/06/2020

The Medallion

The Medallion

Author: Cathy Gohlke Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/06/2020

Raven

Raven

Author: Michael Murray Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/06/2020

The Odin Mission

The Odin Mission

Author: James Holland Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/05/2020

'Tanner is a chiselled protagonist straight out of the pages of the old Commando comics. . . Destined to be a series that will run and run.' (Mail On Sunday) April 1940. The Nazi Blitzkrieg delivers a hammer blow to defenceless Norway. The few remaining British troops retreat in the fact of a remorseless German advance. For Sergeant Jack Tanner and his stranded patrol, it is a desperate rearguard action. With the odds stacked against them and the temperature dropping fast, they are not only fighting for their lives, but also to protect a mysterious Norwegian professor in whose hands lies the outcome of the war. To survive, Tanner must outfox and outfight the pursuing Nazis who are desperate for the secrets the Norwegian holds. They will stop at nothing to secure them. . .

Mister Roberts

Mister Roberts

Author: Thomas Heggen, Thomas J. Cutler Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/05/2020

The novel, Mister Roberts, was an instant hit after being published in 1946 and was quickly adapted for the stage and screen. The title character, a Lieutenant Junior Grade naval officer, defends his crew against the petty tyranny of the ship's commanding officer during World War II. Nearly all action takes place on a backwater cargo ship, the USS Reluctant, that sails, as written in the play, from apathy to tedium with occasional side trips to monotony and ennui. This irreverent, often hilarious story about the crew of the Reluctant has enjoyed wide and enduring popularity. Heggen based his novel on his experiences aboard the USS Virgo in the South Pacific during World War II, and began as a collection of short stories. It was subsequently adapted as a play, a feature film, a television series, and a television movie. The film version with Henry Fonda, James Cagney and Jack Lemmon is one of the most well-known movies of WWII. About the Author Thomas Heggen wrote Mister Roberts as a young naval officer on board the USS Virgo in 1944. After the war, he struggled with writing after his early success and died tragically in 1949.

The Good Shepherd

The Good Shepherd

Author: C. S. Forester Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/05/2020

This novel details moment by moment a trans-Atlantic convoy cruise during World War II. Vividly described with the accuracy of nonfiction are the complex manoeuvres with which the convoy commander shepherds his close-packed flock of 37 escorts and tankers as they evade or occasionally destroy the deadly U-boats of Hitler's infamous wolf packs. The reader experiences the action from the perspective of the man who alone bears the ultimate responsibility for the fates of the 3,000 men under his command, as well as countless other lives dependent upon the safe arrival of the convoy's cargo; this novel explores the decision-making process of the commander who must thoroughly analyze all the tactical and moral element of each situation yet act in seconds with unflinching decisiveness. From start to finish it is a suspenseful, compelling account of naval training, seamanship, and self-discipline put to the ultimate test. The novel was widely acclaimed for its authenticity, accuracy, and detail.

When the Menorah Fades

When the Menorah Fades

Author: Zvi Preigerzon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/04/2020

Zvi Preigerzon (1900-1969), a Hebrew writer in the Soviet Union, wrote this book in complete secrecy, to the extent that he even hid its existence from his own family. The book is about the Jewish community in Hadiach, a small town in Ukraine where Shneur Zalman Schneerson, the founder of the Chabad movement, is buried. The town was occupied by the German army during the war and most of its Jewish population perished. Zvi Preigerzon describes the life of the simple Jewish people and their suffering under the Nazis, with a Kabbalistic spiritual touch: the Perpetual Flame of the Menorah at the grave of Shneur Zalman Schneerson symbolizes the very spirit of Jewish life, which it is said will persist as long as the flame is burning.