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Winner of the Costa Book Award, 2007.

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.

Now, in 1949, employed as an extra in a war film that echoes his real experience, Day begins to recall what he would rather forget.

©2007 A. L. Kennedy; (P)2008 Random House Audiobooks

Critic reviews

"Patrick Bishop gave us the facts about the unsung heroes of Britain's second world war bomber squadrons flying dangerous night missions over Germany in his bestseller, Bomber Boys. Kennedy's novel, beginning in 1944, tells the story of Alfred Day, the tail gunner on a Lancaster bomber whose relationship with his fellow crew members - especially his charismatic skipper - make up for the murderous relationship he has with his father. Five years on, sole survivor of his crew and a misfit in civvy street, he signs up as an extra in a war film on location in his old German POW camp. An explosive book, with Dan Stevens not so much reading it as giving an Oscar-winning performance. The great thing about Kennedy is her originality; not just her plot, but the way she writes." (The Guardian)

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