When The Boys Come Home

A heartrending wartime saga of soldiers, evacuation and love
Author: Pamela Evans
Publisher: Headline
ISBN: 0755372816
Category: Fiction
Page: 287
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While the war brings out the best in most, it brings out the worst in others, as a young mother soon discovers... A gripping saga of life for those left behind during the war, Pam Evans' When the Boys Come Home is a heart-breaking story of love, family and tragedy that won't fail to enthral. Perfect for fans of Rosie Goodwin and Cathy Sharp. As German bombs wreak havoc on West London, for Morgan's Dairy it's business as usual. But when owner Dai Morgan is killed in an air raid, his daughter Megan is determined to continue in her father's footsteps and she braves the ravaged streets alone to do his milk round by horse and cart. Megan finds comfort in the knowledge that her twin girls are tucked away in a Welsh village, but she worries about her husband, Will, abroad with his platoon. And when Will's best friend, Doug Reynolds, returns, wounded and disfigured, she doesn't hesitate to take the poor man in. However, Doug is not the man she thinks he is. And when the boys come home, Megan has battle scars she can't allow Will to see... What readers are saying about When the Boys Come Home: 'Please, buy or read this "feel good" novel. I am a fan of Pamela Evans anyway, but this one manages to grip the imagination, is hard to put down and keeps the reader up to and including the last page. Heartily recommended!' 'Five stars'

A Fashionable Address

A saga of tragedy and hope set in London's West End
Author: Pamela Evans
Publisher: Headline
ISBN: 0755381920
Category: Fiction
Page: 311
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Once, they had it all. Now, a family must struggle with poverty and tragedy, with the prospect that life will never be the same again. In A Fashionable Address, Pam Evans brings us another gripping London saga, full of hope, heartache and class struggles, set in London's fashionable West End. Perfect for fans of Sheila Newberry and Nadine Dorries. The Potters of Kensington take for granted all the comforts of their position. Yet, Cyril Potter is a secret gambler whose debts have become so crippling that he can see no way out, and he commits suicide. Left to clear the debts, his family are forced to sell everything they own. As daughter Kate labours in a hat-making factory to support the family, she catches the eye of the wealthy factory owner. But tragedy strikes the family once more when unmarried Kate is left pregnant... What readers are saying about A Fashionable Address: '... this book was wonderful - I am so sorry I have now finished it, as I did not want it to end. You can visualise all the characters so clearly, it is like being there. Excellent, brilliant book. You must read it. Now looking at other titles by same author' 'A very good read'

In The Dark Streets Shining

A touching wartime saga of hope and new beginnings
Author: Pamela Evans
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0755372808
Category: Fiction
Page: 301
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A young widow's actions in war-torn London ensure her life is never the same again... In the Dark Streets Shining is a gripping and touching wartime saga by much-loved writer Pam Evans, which vividly captures the heartbreak and courage of those battling to survive in Blitz-torn London. Perfect for fans of Cathy Sharp and Rosie Goodwin. When Rose Brown's husband is killed at Dunkirk in 1940, she feels as though she's lost a part of herself. Rose can't imagine the future without Ray, but she's certain he would have wanted her to start again. She decides to volunteer as a postwoman in West London, and when she courageously rescues a young boy from a bombed-out house and takes him home, she finds a new sense of purpose. Traumatised from losing his mother in the ruins, seven-year-old Alfie is rebellious and withdrawn. However, he touches the hearts of Rose's family, and with kindness, patience and love, they eventually win his trust. But then a handsome stranger, Johnny Beech, turns up on the doorstep looking for his son, and everything changes... What readers are saying about In the Dark Streets Shining: 'This book brings the blitz and the devastation in war torn London to the reader through the lives of one family. A great read' 'A book that will make you laugh out loud and weep buckets. Beautifully written, the harshness of war coupled with the stoicism of those living on rations, endless air raids, losing loved ones and a frightened little boy who tugs at everyone's heart strings. You won't put it down until the last word has left the final page' 'Never dark and always shining!'

The Willow Girls

A post-war saga of a mother, a daughter and their London pub
Author: Pamela Evans
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0755381904
Category: Fiction
Page: 277
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The war may be over, but in their busy London pub a mother and daughter face new battles... With strong female characters connected by a deep maternal bond, Pam Evans' emotional saga, The Willow Girls, is sure to stay with you long after you finish the last page. Perfect for fans of Dilly Court and Nadine Dorries. Tilly and her daughter Nina have managed the Willow pub throughout the war. But when the war is over they find themselves faced with new problems, not least of which is Baz Paxton, whose ambitions extend beyond the pub. Nina falls for his charms, but there's heartbreak ahead when she discovers she is pregnant with Baz's child... What readers are saying about The Willow Girls: 'I liked the detail in this story. It was well written and easy to follow when resumed. Characters believable and strong' 'Another brilliant book from Pam Evans, story line great, always a bit of a twist in her books'

The Carousel Keeps Turning

A woman's journey to escape her brutal past
Author: Pamela Evans
Publisher: Headline
ISBN: 0755381939
Category: Fiction
Page: 305
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Friendship and fairgrounds help to heal a broken heart in this sixties London saga. Pam Evans, much-loved author of In the Dark Streets Shining and The Apple of Her Eye, transports us to the swinging sixties in this heart-breaking saga of friendship, hope and a mother's love. Perfect for fans of Rosie Goodwin and Cathy Sharp. Covered with bruises, Maddie Brown can only think about getting as far away as possible from Barking and her violent husband. Richmond, at the other end of the District Line, seems as good a place to go as any. It's a hot bank holiday in 1960 and Maddie, clutching her five-year-old daughter, follows the Richmond crowds swarming towards the river where a vibrant fairground is in full swing. The noise and fun do little to soothe her pain but an encounter with a fairground owner's daughter is to change her life for ever. Janice is a kind, warm-hearted single mother who, seeing their distress, determines to help them. Before long, Maddie is working for the Fenners, revelling in the spirit of the fairground. But an ugly past, when it is left unresolved, has a habit of catching up with the present and Maddie eventually realises that she must fight like never before to keep a hold of all that she loves... What readers are saying about The Carousel Keeps Turning: 'This is around the fifth book of Pamela Evans that I have read and they still have me sitting on the edge of my seat or sat bolt upright in bed with anticipation of what is going to happen next' 'Gripping. I loved the story-line and found it hard to put the book down! I would certainly recommend it'

Harvest Nights

A trust betrayed. A secret laid bare. A family divided.
Author: Pamela Evans
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0755373154
Category: Fiction
Page: 300
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The Great War may be over, but one young woman discovers that some battles can be much closer to home... Infidelity and long-kept secrets threaten to destroy a family in Pamela Evans' gripping between-wars saga, Harvest Nights. Perfect for fans of Dilly Court and Cathy Sharp. It's 1920, and ex-land girl Clara Tripp is back home in West London with her family. Despite her engagement to local boy Arnold, Clara is feeling trapped in her dead-end job and longs to return to the countryside. An unexpected meeting with old flame Charlie Fenner leads to a temporary job at his family's orchard in Kent. Clara is finally content, but the longer she spends with the Fenners, the more she begins to suspect that all is not what it seems. What is the dark secret that hangs over them all? As Clara's feelings for Charlie grow, she realises she has an enemy on the farm who wants her gone at any cost... What readers are saying about Harvest Nights: 'Another brilliant read from a brilliant author. I never wanted to put this book down. When you pick up a Pamela Evans book you know you're in for a great read' 'Couldn't put this book down, yet another brilliant book by Pamela Evans'

Dance Your Troubles Away

Author: Pamela Evans
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1472238281
Category: Fiction
Page: 384
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Pam Evans' heartwarming London saga, DANCE YOUR TROUBLES AWAY, is set during the Second World War and is sure to appeal to fans of Katie Flynn and Cathy Sharp. When Polly Pritchard learns that her husband has been killed in action, she brings up their young daughter Emmie alone. To make ends meet she gets a job at the Cherry Ballroom in West London and it is here that she meets James, a Canadian airman, and they fall in love. But then Polly's husband turns up, very much alive... Life is even harder for Polly after the war; James has gone; her husband is involved in a criminal gang; and their daughter suffers from an illness that leaves her deaf. But Polly's spirit remains strong and with courage and determination she find the happiness she and her daughter deserve.

Home Front Girls

Author: Rosie Goodwin
Publisher: Canvas
ISBN: 1472101022
Category: Fiction
Page: 448
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Three girls all turn up for work, the day war is declared... Dotty has never known a life outside of the orphanage where she grew up, let alone love. Lucy is the sole carer of her little sister, now that her brother has gone to war. Annabelle has led a life of privilege but everyone has to pinch the pennies at the moment. Adjusting to life on the shop-floor at Coventry's only department store is hard enough, but then the bombs begin to fall... As the devastating effects of war come to bear on the three women, their bond deepens. One thing's for certain, the girls are going to need each other. Praise for Rosie Goodwin: 'Goodwin excels in writing about relationships, the hardships of life, the ties of family and the joys of love and friendship.' Lancashire Evening Post 'Rosie is a talented storyteller.' Dee Williams

On Her Own Two Feet

Despite heartbreak and war, a mother dreams of a better life
Author: Pamela Evans
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0755394348
Category: Fiction
Page: 416
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A young mother refuses to give up hope in the face of hardship, abandonment and war. Bringing the Keep Fit movement vividly to life in 1940s' London, Pam Evans' family saga, On Her Own Two Feet, will inspire and enthral anyone who has ever dared to dream of a better life. Perfect for fans of Dilly Court and Nadine Dorries. 'A special kind of warmth with all the right ingredients' - Lancashire Evening Post In the middle of a party to celebrate the Silver Jubilee of King George V in 1935, Mollie Fisher's good-for-nothing husband walks out on his wife and baby girl. Luckily, Mollie has a loving family to turn to for help. Mollie's mother, Marge, is delighted to look after baby Esme while Mollie goes out to work. Meanwhile, her nan, Nora, encourages Mollie to join a local keep fit class, which opens her eyes to a whole new world. Determined to better herself, Mollie qualifies as a fitness instructor and starts to run her own classes for the local community, where she befriends a group of women she would never have known existed. But with the outbreak of the Second World War and the ever-present danger of losing her loved ones in the London bombings, it takes courage for Mollie to stand on her own two feet... What readers are saying about On Her Own Two Feet: 'I absolutely loved this book, so family orientated and romantic' 'Pam does it again!'

The Other Side of Happiness

A perfect love. A cherished daughter. A dark secret.
Author: Pamela Evans
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0755374843
Category: Fiction
Page: 271
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A young woman takes strength in friendship and motherhood, until tragedy threatens to strike for the second time... Pam Evans, much-loved author of In the Dark Streets Shining and The Apple of Her Eye, brings us another heart-stopping saga of tragedy, friendship and a mother's love. Perfect for fans of Dilly Court and Sheila Newberry. For typist Sadie Bell, the 1960s promise a decade of mini-skirts, pop music and endless possibilities. Young and carefree, she lives happily with her parents and older brothers in Hammersmith. When Sadie meets Paul Winston at a Cliff Richard concert, it marks the beginning of a new chapter in her life. Falling head over heels in love, the couple can't wait to be married and move into Paul's parents' home in a beautiful Surrey village until they can afford a place of their own. Despite the disapproval of her mother-in-law, Sadie is deeply happy with her new husband. But Paul and Sadie's joy is tragically short-lived and Sadie returns to London alone and pregnant. Although heartbroken, Sadie finds support in her family and close friend Brenda, and a new sense of purpose with the birth of her baby girl, Rosie. But life has more surprises in store for Sadie, and a terrible secret threatens to take everything away from her once more... What readers are saying about The Other Side of Happiness: 'This is Pam Evans at her best. I was totally hooked and as the story neared the end a large box of tissues was a must!' 'Loved this book. It's set in the 60s and about family life and the way life can hit hard. A real page turner'

The Waiting Hours

Author: Ellie Dean
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 147353979X
Category: Fiction
Page: 560
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Slapton Sands, 1943 War has not been kind to Carol Porter. It took her husband and baby, and with them her heart. At last she’s found some peace, working as a land girl at Coombe Farm. But Carol’s sanctuary, the whole local area in fact, is about to be disrupted. When Pauline Reilly hears Carol’s news she’s worried for her little sister. But as rumours about Slapton Sands reach Cliffehaven, Pauline can’t help be more concerned for her only surviving son. And despite her sister-in-law Peggy’s best efforts, nothing soothes Pauline’s fears. As Carol prepares to face the impending upheaval alone her beloved mother, Dolly, swoops in to Slapton, and packing up Carol’s life presents unexpected opportunities for them both: Carol looks to her future while Dolly confronts a ghost from her past, and they both have a chance to mend their broken hearts.

Diary of a Young Girl

Author: Anne Frank
ISBN: 9887739537
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: N.A
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The Diary of a Young Girl is a book of the diary kept by Anne Frank while she was in hiding for two years with her family during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. Published in 1947, the diary received widespread critical and popular attention. The book is included in several lists of the top books of the 20th century.

Me Against My Brother

At War in Somalia, Sudan and Rwanda
Author: Scott Peterson
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135955522
Category: Political Science
Page: 400
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As a foreign correspondent, Scott Peterson witnessed firsthand Somalia's descent into war and its battle against US troops, the spiritual degeneration of Sudan's Holy War, and one of the most horrific events of the last half century: the genocide in Rwanda. In Me Against My Brother, he brings these events together for the first time to record a collapse that has had an impact far beyond African borders.In Somalia, Peterson tells of harrowing experiences of clan conflict, guns and starvation. He met with warlords, observed death intimately and nearly lost his own life to a Somali mob. From ground level, he documents how the US-UN relief mission devolved into all out war - one that for America has proven to be the most formative post-Cold War debacle. In Sudan, he journeys where few correspondents have ever been, on both sides of that religious front line, to find that outside "relief" has only prolonged war. In Rwanda, his first-person experience of the genocide and well-documented analysis provide rare insight into this human tragedy.Filled with the dust, sweat and powerful detail of real-life, Me Against My Brother graphically illustrates how preventive action and a better understanding of Africa - especially by the US - could have averted much suffering. Also includes a 16-page color insert.

Love Me Tender

Author: Anne Bennett
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
ISBN: 000754779X
Category: Fiction
Page: 512
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A heartrending tale of love and tragedy during The Birmingham Blitz. Perfect for fans of Katie Flynn and Annie Groves.

One Soldier's Story

A Memoir
Author: Bob Dole
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0061751308
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 320
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Before he became one of America's most respected statesmen, Bob Dole was an average citizen serving heroically for his country. The bravery he showed after suffering near-fatal injuries in the final days of World War II is the stuff of legend. Now, for the first time in his own words, Dole tells the moving story of his harrowing experience on and off the battlefield, and how it changed his life. Speaking here not as a politician but as a wounded G.I., Dole recounts his own odyssey of courage and sacrifice, and also honors the fighting spirit of the countless heroes with whom he served. Heartfelt and inspiring, One Soldier's Story is the World War II chronicle that America has been waiting for.


Author: Peter Curtis
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780999363126
Category: Fiction
Page: 410
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In the summer of 1940, the Kohut family, Czechoslovak refugees, arrives in Paris after a dangerous and eventful journey through Germany. War with Germany threatens and France mobilizes her army. What follows is a struggle for the family to survive and find a way to get to relatives in Englan

Life and Fate

Author: Vasily Grossman
Publisher: New York Review of Books
ISBN: 1590176545
Category: Fiction
Page: 896
View: 1182

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A book judged so dangerous in the Soviet Union that not only the manuscript but the ribbons on which it had been typed were confiscated by the state, Life and Fate is an epic tale of World War II and a profound reckoning with the dark forces that dominated the twentieth century. Interweaving a transfixing account of the battle of Stalingrad with the story of a single middle-class family, the Shaposhnikovs, scattered by fortune from Germany to Siberia, Vasily Grossman fashions an immense, intricately detailed tapestry depicting a time of almost unimaginable horror and even stranger hope.Life and Fate juxtaposes bedrooms and snipers’ nests, scientific laboratories and the Gulag, taking us deep into the hearts and minds of characters ranging from a boy on his way to the gas chambers to Hitler and Stalin themselves. This novel of unsparing realism and visionary moral intensity is one of the supreme achievements of modern Russian literature.


Fight to the Last Man
Author: Hugh Sebag-Montefiore
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141906162
Category: History
Page: 744
View: 1889

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* * * Special 75th Anniversary Edition * * * Hugh Sebag-Montefiore's Dunkirk: Fight to the Last Man tells the story of the rescue in May 1940 of British soldiers fleeing capture and defeat by the Nazis at Dunkirk. Dunkirk was not just about what happened at sea and on the beaches. The evacuation would never have succeeded had it not been for the tenacity of the British soldiers who stayed behind to ensure they got away. Men like Sergeant Major Gus Jennings who died smothering a German stick bomb in the church at Esquelbecq in an effort to save his comrades, and Captain Marcus Ervine-Andrews VC who single-handedly held back a German attack on the Dunkirk perimeter thereby allowing the British line to form up behind him. Told to stand and fight to the last man, these brave few battalions fought in whatever manner they could to buy precious time for the evacuation. Outnumbered and outgunned, they launched spectacular and heroic attacks time and again, despite ferocious fighting and the knowledge that for many only capture or death would end their struggle. 'A searing story . . . both meticulous military history and a deeply moving testimony to the extraordinary personal bravery of individual soldiers' Tim Gardam, The Times 'Sebag-Montefiore tells [the story] with gusto, a remarkable attention to detail and an inexhaustible appetite for tracking down the evidence' Richard Ovary, Telegraph Hugh Sebag-Montefiore was a barrister before becoming a journalist and then an author. He wrote the best-selling Enigma: The Battle for the Code. One of his ancestors was evacuated from Dunkirk.

Farthest Field: An Indian Story of the Second World War

Author: Raghu Karnad
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393248100
Category: History
Page: 240
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A brilliantly conceived nonfiction epic, a war narrated through the lives and deaths of a single family. The photographs of three young men had stood in his grandmother’s house for as long as he could remember, beheld but never fully noticed. They had all fought in the Second World War, a fact that surprised him. Indians had never figured in his idea of the war, nor the war in his idea of India. One of them, Bobby, even looked a bit like him, but Raghu Karnad had not noticed until he was the same age as they were in their photo frames. Then he learned about the Parsi boy from the sleepy south Indian coast, so eager to follow his brothers-in-law into the colonial forces and onto the front line. Manek, dashing and confident, was a pilot with India’s fledgling air force; gentle Ganny became an army doctor in the arid North-West Frontier. Bobby’s pursuit would carry him as far as the deserts of Iraq and the green hell of the Burma battlefront. The years 1939–45 might be the most revered, deplored, and replayed in modern history. Yet India’s extraordinary role has been concealed, from itself and from the world. In riveting prose, Karnad retrieves the story of a single family—a story of love, rebellion, loyalty, and uncertainty—and with it, the greater revelation that is India’s Second World War. Farthest Field narrates the lost epic of India’s war, in which the largest volunteer army in history fought for the British Empire, even as its countrymen fought to be free of it. It carries us from Madras to Peshawar, Egypt to Burma—unfolding the saga of a young family amazed by their swiftly changing world and swept up in its violence.

The Distant Marvels

A Novel
Author: Chantel Acevedo
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1609452623
Category: Fiction
Page: 304
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Maria Sirena tells stories. She does it for money—she was a favorite in the cigar factory where she worked as a lettora—and for love, spinning gossamer tales out of her own past for the benefit of friends, neighbors, and family. But now, like a modern-day Scheherazade, she will be asked to tell one last story so that eight women can keep both hope and themselves alive. Cuba, 1963. Hurricane Flora, one of the deadliest hurricanes in recorded history, is bearing down on the island. Seven women have been forcibly evacuated from their homes and herded into the former governor’s mansion, where they are watched over by another woman, a young soldier of Castro’s new Cuba named Ofelia. Outside the storm is raging and the floodwaters are rising. In a single room on the top floor of the governor’s mansion, Maria Sirena begins to tell the incredible story of her childhood during Cuba’s Third War of Independence; of her father Augustin, a ferocious rebel; of her mother, Lulu, an astonishing woman who fought, loved, dreamed, and suffered as fiercely as her husband. Stories, however, have a way of taking on a life of their own, and transported by her story’s momentum, Maria Sirena will reveal more about herself than she or anyone ever expected. Chantel Acevedo’s The Distant Marvels is an epic adventure tale, a family saga, a love story, a stunning historical account of armed struggle against oppressors, and a long tender plea for forgiveness. It is, finally, a life-affirming novel about the kind of love that lasts a lifetime and the very art of storytelling itself.