Kelsmeath, 1940 [NOOK Book]

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The Battle of Britain as experienced by a young Royal Air Force pilot and his nurse girlfriend, who try to lead a normal life during a summer when the average life of a pilot is a mere two weeks, and invasion by Nazi Germany is expected any day.
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Kelsmeath, 1940

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Overview

The Battle of Britain as experienced by a young Royal Air Force pilot and his nurse girlfriend, who try to lead a normal life during a summer when the average life of a pilot is a mere two weeks, and invasion by Nazi Germany is expected any day.
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Editorial Reviews

Military Writers Society of America - Joyce Faulkner
"an ambitious, passionate piece … What emerges from the cacophony of aerial combat is the realization of just how thin the line of defense was that spring and summer -- and how England's courageous pilots were simple young men trying to squeeze as much as possible out of life overshadowed by war."
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012971920
  • Publisher: davidandrewwestwood.com
  • Publication date: 6/12/2011
  • Series: The World War Two Series , #2
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 299 KB

Meet the Author

Each novel in my World War Two Series is set during a different year. They are not connected; their commonality being ordinary people whose lives and destinies are distorted by war. Each takes place in a fictional town, itself a character, and each has an underlying theme: one art, one sport, one music, one food. The theme of the last is, appropriately, writing itself. They're fast-paced, evocative and historically grounded in the very real events that characterized each year of the global conflict.

I'm the son and nephew of Royal Air Force men, and while I grew up some time after the war, I was still surrounded by its physical and psychic debris. The lives of my extended family members had been altered forever by its ravages, as had my home of East London. We played in bombsites, my friends and I, and spouted war jargon in our games.

Given this background, it's hardly surprising that when I turned to writing novels, I turned to the war. I write now about fictional people, young and with their lives ahead of them, and how the onset of war distorts their destinies. I've found that it doesn't matter if a story is set by the Somme or in Afghanistan, war is war. Wherever it takes place, whatever it's called, it raises the same uncomfortable moral quandaries, maims both young and old, civilian and soldier, and allows both the worst and the best of us to surface.

I've just begun a World War One series, and the first will be published later in 2013.
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  • Posted December 6, 2012

    From intimate to all-encompassing

    “Kelsmeath, 1940” is on the surface another World War Two story, with a mixture of action and love. But unlike most stories from current writers, Westwood writes as if he lived then, and we see the beginning of the war not through the eyes of today, but through those of two teenagers on the verge of adulthood at the end of the thirties. The world is coming apart just as they are about to come together, and instead of finding each other they find themselves in a daily battle to avoid invasion. After I’d finished Kelsmeath I felt as if I’d been in the English countryside that summer, watching the dogfights in the air and wondering who would return.

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