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Second World War fiction

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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.

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: 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

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... It is September 1940, and as German bombs fall on Britain, fears grow of an impending invasion. Enemy fighter planes blacken the sky around Epping Forest, the home of Susan Shepherd and her grandfather, Bertie. After losing her parents as a child, Susan found comfort in raising homing pigeons. Duchess has proven to be the most extraordinary of all Susan's birds, as the two share a special bond and an unusual curiosity about the world. Thousands of miles away in Buxton, Maine, a young crop-duster pilot named Ollie Evans has decided to travel to Britain to join the Royal Air Force. His quest brings him to the National Pigeon Service, where Susan is involved in a new, covert assignment. The mission aims to air-drop hundreds of homing pigeons in German-occupied France, where many will not survive. As the mission date draws near, the friendship between Ollie and Susan deepens. When Ollie's plane is downed behind enemy lines, both know that the chances of a reunion are very remote. Will Duchess's devotion and sense of duty become an unexpected lifeline, and prove that hope is never truly lost?

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 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.

Beyond the Horizon A Novel

Beyond the Horizon A Novel

Author: Ella Carey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/10/2019

The Disappearance

The Disappearance

Author: Katherine Webb Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/09/2019

From the bestselling author of The Legacy, comes a compelling novel exploring guilt, love and the importance of telling the truth, set across ten intense days of chaos and destruction as the bombs fall on Bath. What was hidden will be revealed... When Frances' best friend Bronwyn disappeared over twenty years ago, her body was never found. The mystery over what happened has cast a shadow over Frances' life ever since. Now, it's 1942 and bombs are raining down on Bath. In the chaos a little boy - Davy Noyle - goes missing. Frances was meant to be looking after him and she is tortured by guilt at his disappearance. Where has he gone, and could he possibly have survived? But bombs conceal, and they reveal - and as quiet falls and the dust settles, a body is disturbed from its hiding place. What happened all those years ago? And can Frances put the wrongs of the past right again...? Your favourite authors love Katherine Webb: 'An enormously talented writer' Santa Montefiore 'I've loved all of Katherine Webb's books' Kate Riordan 'Katherine Webb's writing is beautiful' Elizabeth Fremantle 'Webb has a true gift for uncovering the mysteries of the human heart' Kate Williams 'A truly gifted writer of historical fiction' Lucinda Riley

Goodbye Liverpool

Goodbye Liverpool

Author: Maureen Lee Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/09/2019

A heartbreaking story of wartime love, loss and courage, from No.1 Sunday Times bestseller and queen of saga, Maureen Lee. Liverpool, 1937. Trapped in a loveless marriage, Jessica endures her husband's petty cruelty for the sake of her two young children. Her only escape is the local cinema, where she can lose herself for an hour or two in the glamour and passion of the silver screen. But when she is offered a glass of champagne in a Liverpool hotel - and with it, the thrill of her own romance - her quiet life is shattered forever. When her husband uncovers the truth, he is ruthless in his revenge. Left without a home, and separated from her beloved children, Jessica is alone and desperate. But as the storms of war begin to gather, there are others in even greater need. Attempting to help a friend and her children escape from France, Jessica finds herself stranded in Paris under German occupation. To care for her new family in this darkest hour, she must find a courage she never knew she possessed... *Previously published as Au Revoir, Liverpool*

Plenty Under The Counter

Plenty Under The Counter

Author: Kathleen Hewitt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/09/2019

London, 1942. Flight-Lieutenant David Heron, home in London on convalescent leave, awakes to the news that a murder victim has been discovered in the garden of his boarding house. With a week until his service resumes, David Sets out to solve the murder. Drawn into a world of mystery and double dealing, can he solve the mystery before his return to the skies?

From The City, From The Plough

From The City, From The Plough

Author: Alexander Baron Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/09/2019

January 1944, the south coast of England. The Fifth Battalion, Wessex Regiment wait patiently and nervously for the order to embark. There is boredom and fear, comedy and pathos as the men - all drawn from different walks of life - await the order to move. From The City, From The Plough is a vivid and moving account of the fate of these men as they set off for Normandy and advance into France.

Eight Hours from England

Eight Hours from England

Author: Anthony Quayle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/09/2019

Autumn 1943. Realising that his feelings fro his sweetheart are not reciprocated, Major John Overton accepts a posting behind enemy lines in Nazi-occupied Albania. As he struggles to complete his mission amidst a chaotic backdrop, Overton is left to ruminate on loyalty, comradeship and the futility of war.

The Huntress

The Huntress

Author: Kate Quinn Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/09/2019

`If you enjoyed The Tattooist of Auschwitz, read The Huntress by Kate Quinn' The Washington Post `Fascinating, brilliantly written, enthralling - just phenomenal' Jill Mansell *From the bestselling author of The Alice Network* On the icy edge of Soviet Russia, bold and reckless Nina Markova joins the infamous Night Witches - an all-female bomber regiment. But when she is downed behind enemy lines, Nina must use all her wits to survive her encounter with a lethal Nazi murderess known as the Huntress. British war correspondent Ian Graham abandons journalism to become a Nazi hunter, yet one target eludes him: the Huntress. And Nina Markova is the only witness to escape her alive. In post-war Boston, seventeen-year-old Jordan McBride is increasingly disquieted by the soft-spoken German widow who becomes her new stepmother. Delving into her past, Jordan slowly realizes that a Nazi killer may be hiding in plain sight. Shining a light on a shadowy corner of history, The Huntress is an epic, sweeping Second World War novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Alice Network.