Deauvenoy, 1939

Deauvenoy, 1939

by David Andrew Westwood

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BN ID: 2940013792630
Publication date: 12/24/2011
Series: The World War Two Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 748,059
File size: 343 KB

About 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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Deauvenoy 1939 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Danielle-Marie More than 1 year ago
This is book 1 of the WWII series. I started this series out of order, and thought I'd go back and start with book 1. These books are excellent on their own and they really don't need to be read in order though. During a disastrous time of war, this series focuses on the characters and their personal lives in relation to the hardships at hand. I adore historical fiction, and this series is exceptional. While all the details of WWII are present, I enjoy the personal relationships throughout. From seeing that human side of Hitler, to seeing the devastation he has created, this series really brings WWII to life and makes me feel a part of it. Being engaged in a story like this is wonderful. Feeling a part of something that happened not too long ago, yet on the other hand I can't even imagine being part of a world like this, reminds us how everyone is human and everyone experienced this a bit differently. Being able to look upon this historical event on a personal level, even though fictional, brings to life WWII and it no longer feels like something I just read about in a textbook.
Carshalton More than 1 year ago
Who knew that the French had patented an atomic bomb just before the Second World War? In this unusual story, a rich physics student and her increasingly infatuated chauffeur are tasked with gathering and hiding anything the Nazis might find useful. Her safe, intellectual world is crumbling around her, and the two and their Citroen become an inseparable and effective unit, until Hitler comes to visit his newly-captured Paris.