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Alfred Day wanted his war. In its turmoil he found his proper purpose as the tail-gunner in a Lancaster bomber; he found the wild, dark fellowship of his crew, and - most extraordinary of all - he found Joyce, a woman to love. But that's all gone now - the war took it away. Maybe it took him, too.
Publisher: London : Jonathan Cape ; New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2008, c2007
Description: 279 p. ; 23 cm
ISBN: 9780224077866
Branch Call Number: Kenn


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Apr 12, 2013

Costa Prize winner. Excellent. This novel tells the story of a young working class lad who becomes a gunner in WW II. Here he finds comradeship, meaning and a sense of family which he never experienced before. He is shot down and becomes a prisoner of war. In 1949 he participates as an extra in a film about the war as a way of going back to find where he lost himself. It is a novel of remembering and hope which is extremely well-written.

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