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Second World War fiction

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Our Darkest Night

Our Darkest Night

Author: Jennifer Robson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2021

TO SAVE THOSE SHE LOVES, SHE MUST MAKE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE. In Our Darkest Night, internationally bestselling author of The Gown, Jennifer Robson, tells an unforgettable story of terror, hope, love, and sacrifice, that vividly evokes the most perilous days of World War II. Inspired by true events. Perfect for readers of The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris, The Child on Platform One by Gill Thompson and The Girl I Left Behind by Andie Newton. Venice, 1943: Under the Nazi occupation, life is increasingly perilous for Italian Jews. Antonina Mazin has but one hope to survive - to leave her beloved parents and hide in the countryside, posing as the bride of a man she has only just met. Nico Gerardi was studying for the priesthood until circumstances forced him to return home to run his family's farm. A moral and just man, he refuses to remain a bystander to Nazi and fascist atrocities. The only way to keep Nina safe - and protect secrets of his own - is to convince prying eyes that their sudden marriage is a love match. But farm life is not easy for a cultured city girl who dreams of becoming a doctor like her father, and Nico's provincial neighbours are wary of this soft, educated stranger. Even worse, their distrust is shared by a local Nazi official with a vendetta against Nico. As Nina and Nico come to know each other, their relationship deepens, transforming into much more than a charade. Yet both fear that every passing day brings them closer to being torn apart... Don't miss Jennifer's enthralling historical novel about one of the most famous wedding dresses of the twentieth century - Queen Elizabeth's wedding gown - and the fascinating women who made it. Perfect for anyone who's captivated by The Crown, The Gown 'will dazzle and delight' (Independent).

The Bells of Hell

The Bells of Hell

Author: The Bells of Hell Michael Kurland Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/12/2020

Good & Evil

Good & Evil

Author: Giacometti, Ravenne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/11/2020

PRE-ORDER NOW: the second volume in the bestselling, exhilarating WWII treasure-hunt thriller series for fans of Dan Brown November 1941. Germany is about to win the war. Only one thing still separates the Nazis from a certain victory: they must find the three remaining all-powerful swastikas and reunite them with a fourth that is safely hidden away in Himmler's mountain stronghold. Churchill has no choice but to mobilize his best man, double agent Tristan Marcas, and employ the most risky techniques to beat them to it. It all comes to a showdown at a ball in Venice...

Secrets She Kept

Secrets She Kept

Author: Cathy Gohlke Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/10/2020

The Medallion

The Medallion

Author: Cathy Gohlke Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/10/2020

The Bells of Hell

The Bells of Hell

Author: The Bells of Hell Michael Kurland Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/10/2020

Mister Roberts

Mister Roberts

Author: Thomas Heggen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/09/2020

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.

Battle Orders

Battle Orders

Author: George Culling Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/09/2020

A young Lancaster crew's battles over the skies of Germany in a series of highly-dangerous operations. Every event described in this fictional account actually occurred, often many times. Ploughing through skies pockmarked with the smoke of exploding shells from anti-aircraft guns, and coned by dozens of searchlights, they also faced the bullets and canon shells of night fighters. A different kind of danger, but sometimes no less deadly, often took place in appalling weather conditions. Caught, for instance, in a massive cumulonimbus cloud their aircraft might be battered by hailstones while being tossed up and down hundreds of feet in vicious convection currents, with ice forming up to six inches thick on the wings, and threatening its ability to remain airborne. Returning aircraft might be forced to 'ditch' over the North Sea and spend hours in a rubber dinghy in rough seas, waiting to be rescued. For the Air/Sea Rescue aircraft whose pilots flew out to find them, the task was often immensely difficult as they would often be trying to spot little more than a tiny object in a vast sea, constantly drifting and sometimes almost invisible in mist or fog. As the Second World War draws to a close, the book describes not only the rationale of each operation, but also the changing military situation, and the Home Front of rationing, bombing (including 'doodlebugs' and V2 rockets), the blackout, and the tremendous efforts of both men and women civilians making their crucially important contributions to winning the War.

Ghost-lines

Ghost-lines

Author: Frank Ahern Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/08/2020

Ghostwriter Nick Barry has been commissioned by the beautiful Theresa d'Abruzzi to write the biography of her father, Prince Carlo d'Abruzzi, the instigator of many of the seminal events of the 1960s social revolution. But is Carlo all that he seems? And can Nick overcome the obstacles that beset his quest? Ghost-lines is a novel about identity, celebrity and the search for security.

Operation Poppy Pride

Operation Poppy Pride

Author: Richard Joyce Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/08/2020

Johnny Vince's next mission: to track and locate the Sumatra tiger poachers' stronghold; relatively easy for an ex-Special Forces, or so his boss said. With a truly strange turn of events, Johnny is emerged into a world that not even the complex himself can prepare to fathom. Even with Johnny's Elite skills, can he take this young, new squad into the hornets' nest with little knowledge and weaponry? You want action, adventure, and emotions-is the edge of your seat ready? After the success of Richard's two Johnny Vince novels, Operation Blue Halo and Operation Last Assault, finally, the much awaited next Johnny Vince life chapter and mission is here.

V for Victory

V for Victory

Author: Lissa Evans Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/08/2020

'At once funny and moving: the brisk kindness of the wardens will bring a lump to your throat. I could not have loved it more' Susie Steiner It's late 1944. Hitler's rockets are slamming down on London with vicious regularity and it's the coldest winter in living memory. Allied victory is on its way, but it's bloody well dragging its feet. In a large house next to Hampstead Heath, Vee Sedge is just about scraping by, with a herd of lodgers to feed, and her young charge Noel ( almost fifteen ) to clothe and educate. When she witnesses a road accident and finds herself in court, the repercussions are both unexpectedly marvellous and potentially disastrous - disastrous because Vee is not actually the person she's pretending to be, and neither is Noel. The end of the war won't just mean peace, but discovery... With caustic wit and artful storytelling, Lissa Evans elegantly summons a time when the world could finally hope to emerge from the chaos of war. As sharply comic as Old Baggage and emotionally poignant as Crooked Heart, V For Victory once again shows Lissa Evans to be one of our most brilliant and subtle writers. __________________________________ Lissa Evans' writing is: Wise and witty - Sarah Hughes, Observer Original and so timely. And it made me weep at the end. - JoJo Moyes Bittersweet and comic. - Guardian Inspiring, moving, warm and wry...wonderful! - Marian Keyes Beautifully written. -Sunday Mirror Thoughtful, funny...invigoratingly fresh. - Sunday Times

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