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Second World War fiction

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In the Full Light of the Sun

In the Full Light of the Sun

Author: Clare Clark Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/02/2020

In the Full Light of the Sun follows the fortunes of three Berliners caught up in a devastating scandal of 1930s' Germany. It tells the story of Emmeline, a wayward, young art student; Julius, an anxious, middle-aged art expert; and a mysterious art dealer named Rachmann who are at the heart of Weimar Berlin at its hedonistic, politically turbulent apogee and are whipped up into excitement over the surprising discovery of thirty-two previously unknown paintings by Vincent van Gogh. Based on a true story, unfolding through the subsequent rise of Hitler and the Nazis, this gripping tale is about beauty and justice, and the truth that may be found when our most treasured beliefs are revealed as illusions. Brilliant on authenticity, vanity and self-delusion, it is a novel for our times.

Annelies A Novel of Anne Frank

Annelies A Novel of Anne Frank

Author: David Gillham Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/01/2020

A breathtaking new novel that asks the question: what if Anne Frank survived the Holocaust? In 1945, aged sixteen, Anne Frank walks out of the liberated Bergen-Belsen concentration camp and into a new life as a survivor of the Holocaust. Returning to Amsterdam, she is reunited with her beloved father. Yet Anne feels like a ghost. In the city where she and her family were betrayed, Anne struggles to let go of the horrors she witnessed, to forget the cruel death of her mother and her sister Margot. She dreams of being a writer, but how do you carry on when you've lost everything you once were? To create a new life for herself, a life of freedom as a woman and a writer, she knows she must transform her story of trauma into a story of redemption and hope. 'An original, intriguing novel' Sunday Times 'In this haunting what-if, Gillham asks us to reflect on how one learns - in the unimaginable wake of the Holocaust - to live again, shedding a powerful, human light on tragedy' Georgia Hunter, author of We Were the Lucky Ones

Raven

Raven

Author: Michael Murray Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/12/2019

South by Java Head

South by Java Head

Author: Alistair MacLean Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/12/2019

The 50th anniversary edition of this classic World War 2 adventure set in south-east Asia. February, 1942: Singapore lies burning and shattered, defenceless before the conquering hordes of the Japanese Army. The last boat escapes out of the harbour into the South China Sea, and on board are a desperate group of strangers, each with a secret to guard, each willing to kill to keep that secret safe. Dawn sees them far out to sea but with the first murderous dive bombers already aimed at their ship. Thus begins a nightmare succession of disasters wrought by the hell-bent Japanese, the unrelenting tropical sun and, ultimately, by the survivors themselves, as they head south by Java Head.

The Music of Freedom

The Music of Freedom

Author: Peter L Ward Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/11/2019

Heinrich Muller, conscripted into the German Wehrmacht, is confronted with both the horrors of the SS atrocities in Poland and the evils of Nazi tyranny in his native Austria. Wounded in action, Heinrich finds himself caught up in the highest levels of the Nazi political hierarchy. As a lowly administrator in Salzburg, his musical gifts are utilised to entertain Adolf Hitler and Hermann Goering at the Fuhrer's mountain lair. Heinrich is faced head-on by racial intolerance and persecution by the Nazi regime when two young Jewish musical prodigies, put in his charge, are threatened with arrest and deportation. Can he possibly save them? Fleeing to occupied France the children and their unlikely saviour make contact with the French Resistance. A final journey to the Brittany coast is fraught with danger, not least from the possible German penetration of the resistance ring protecting them. Because of his close association with Goering, Heinrich possesses information vital for the British war effort, but this makes his pursuers even more determined he will be stopped at all costs.

Under Occupation From the master of the historical spy novel

Under Occupation From the master of the historical spy novel

Author: Alan Furst Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/11/2019

'IN THE WORLD OF THE ESPIONAGE THRILLER, ALAN FURST IS IN A CLASS OF HIS OWN' William Boyd 'FURST'S ABILITY TO RECREATE THE TERRORS OF ESPIONAGE IS MATCHLESS' Robert Harris Occupied Paris, 1942. In the dark, treacherous city, the German occupying forces are everywhere-and so are French resistance fighters, working secretly to defeat Hitler. Just before he dies, a man being chased by the Gestapo hands off a strange-looking document to the unsuspecting novelist Paul Ricard. It looks like a blueprint of a part for a military weapon - one that might have important information for the Allied forces - and Ricard realizes he must try to get it into the hands of members of the resistance network. As he finds himself drawn deeper and deeper into anti-German efforts, Ricard travels deep into enemy territory and along the escape routes of underground resistance safe houses, spying on Nazi maneuvers. And when he meets the mysterious and beautiful Leila, a professional spy, they begin to work together to get crucial information out of France and into the hands of the Allied forces in London. ALAN FURST - The master of the historical spy novel 'Furst's ability to recreate the terrors of espionage is matchless' Robert Harris 'Furst is an addiction' The Times 'If you are a John le Carre' fan, this is definitely a novel for you' James Patterson on Mission to Paris 'Furst never stops astounding me' Tom Hanks 'America's preeminent spy novelist' New York Times 'How I envy anybody who has not yet discovered Furst's writing' Telegraph 'Furst's books are like Chopin's nocturnes: timeless, transcendent, universal. One does not so much read them as fall under their spell' Los Angeles Times

Where Eagles Dare

Where Eagles Dare

Author: Alistair MacLean Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/11/2019

The classic World War II thriller from the acclaimed master of action and suspense. Now reissued in a new cover style. Winter 1943, and US General Carnaby has been captured by the Nazis. He is being held in a fortress high in the Bavarian Alps. headquarters of the German Secret Service, and in his head are plans for the invasion of Normandy. A special team of British commandos, a US Army ranger and a female secret agent is hurriedly assembled. Their mission: parachute into the area, break in to the alpine Castle, and rescue General Carnaby before the Germans can interrogate him. But unknown to all, there is another mission, and someone in the group is a traitor...

Under Occupation From the master of the historical spy novel

Under Occupation From the master of the historical spy novel

Author: Alan Furst Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/11/2019

'IN THE WORLD OF THE ESPIONAGE THRILLER, ALAN FURST IS IN A CLASS OF HIS OWN' William Boyd 'FURST'S ABILITY TO RECREATE THE TERRORS OF ESPIONAGE IS MATCHLESS' Robert Harris Occupied Paris, 1942. In the dark, treacherous city, the German occupying forces are everywhere-and so are French resistance fighters, working secretly to defeat Hitler. Just before he dies, a man being chased by the Gestapo hands off a strange-looking document to the unsuspecting novelist Paul Ricard. It looks like a blueprint of a part for a military weapon - one that might have important information for the Allied forces - and Ricard realizes he must try to get it into the hands of members of the resistance network. As he finds himself drawn deeper and deeper into anti-German efforts, Ricard travels deep into enemy territory and along the escape routes of underground resistance safe houses, spying on Nazi maneuvers. And when he meets the mysterious and beautiful Leila, a professional spy, they begin to work together to get crucial information out of France and into the hands of the Allied forces in London. ALAN FURST - The master of the historical spy novel 'Furst's ability to recreate the terrors of espionage is matchless' Robert Harris 'Furst is an addiction' The Times 'If you are a John le Carre' fan, this is definitely a novel for you' James Patterson on Mission to Paris 'Furst never stops astounding me' Tom Hanks 'America's preeminent spy novelist' New York Times 'How I envy anybody who has not yet discovered Furst's writing' Telegraph 'Furst's books are like Chopin's nocturnes: timeless, transcendent, universal. One does not so much read them as fall under their spell' Los Angeles Times

The Long Flight Home a heartbreaking wartime story inspired by true events

The Long Flight Home a heartbreaking wartime story inspired by true events

Author: A.L. Hlad Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/10/2019

A moving, masterfully written story of love and sacrifice, perfect for fans of The Tattooist of Auschwitz and Dear Mrs Bird. A testament to the power of courage in our darkest hours, inspired by true events 'A fresh slant on heroism in WWII' Rhys Bowen, New York Times bestselling author *** Hope flies behind enemy lines... September 1940. As enemy fighter planes blacken the sky, Susan Shepherd finds comfort at her home in Epping Forest, where she and her grandfather raise homing pigeons. Of all Susan's birds, it's Duchess who is the most extraordinary, and the two share a special bond. Thousands of miles away, Ollie Evans, a young American pilot decides to travel to Britain to join the Royal Air Force. But Ollie doesn't expect his quest to bring him instead to the National Pigeon Service - a covert new operation involving homing pigeons - and to Susan. The National Pigeon Service has a dangerous mission to air-drop hundreds of pigeons into German-occupied France. Despite their growing friendship Ollie and Susan must soon be parted - but will Duchess's devotion and sense of duty prove to be an unexpected lifeline between them? Based on true events, The Long Flight Home is an uplifting and timeless wartime novel, that reminds us how, in times of hardship, hope is never truly lost.

Mister Roberts A Novel

Mister Roberts A Novel

Author: Thomas Heggen, Thomas J. Cutler Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/10/2019

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 Children's Block Based on a true story by an Auschwitz survivor

The Children's Block Based on a true story by an Auschwitz survivor

Author: Otto B Kraus Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/10/2019

'We lived on a bunk built for four but in times of overcrowding, it slept seven and at times even eight. There was so little space on the berth that when one of us wanted to ease his hip, we all had to turn in a tangle of legs and chests and hollow bellies as if we were one many-limbed creature, a Hindu god or a centipede. We grow intimate not only in body but also in mind because we knew that though we were not born of one womb, we would certainly die together.' Alex Ehren is a poet, a prisoner and a teacher in block 31 in Auschwitz-Birkenau, the children's block. He spends his days trying to survive while illegally giving lessons to his young charges while shielding them as best he can from the impossible horrors of the camp. But trying to teach the children is not the only illicit activity that Alex is involved in. Alex is keeping a diary... Originally published as THE PAINTED WALL, Otto Kraus's autobiographical novel, tells the true story of 500 Jewish children who lived in the Czech Family Camp in Auschwitz-Birkenau between September 1943 and June 1944.

Sandra Eden's War

Sandra Eden's War

Author: Mike Low Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/10/2019

Sandra Eden's War tells the story of an SOE (Special Operations Executive) agent who is parachuted into France a few weeks before D-Day, in 1944, to co-ordinate French Resistance operations in disrupting German troop movements in and around Normandy. This is necessary in order to assist the Allied soldiers soon to be landing on the Normandy beaches. The tale is one of bravery and resourcefulness, and gives an insight into the actions of the SOE, which was set up by Winston Churchill in 1940 to 'set Europe ablaze'. There were a number of female SOE agents who served with honour and distinction during World War II. The author was inspired to write Sandra's story after reading a number of true stories regarding SOE agents during the war, including The White Mouse, an autobiography of Nancy Wake who served in the SOE with great merit. Nancy was one of the most highly decorated women of World War II. She died in 2011.