Mossingdene, 1944

Mossingdene, 1944

by David Andrew Westwood

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BN ID: 2940012772985
Publication date: 07/23/2011
Series: The World War Two Series , #6
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 367 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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Mossingdene, 1944 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Carshalton More than 1 year ago
Westwood takes the kind of war fiction made famous by Ludlum and Deighton and breathes new life into the genre. “Mossingdene, 1944” has all the traditional ingredients – the Yank fliers, the Nazi spy, the attractive women, the desperation of wartime – and bakes a different kind of cake. This is a believable story about people cornered into their cramped destinies by war, and making the best they can of it at the cost of those around them. I found Mossingdene fun and moving.