By Jason Hewitt
A deeply compelling and poignant tale that, just like the novels of Pat Barker or Sebastian Faulks' Birdsong, dramatises the tragic classes of warfare, the importance of belonging and of reminiscence - with no which we develop into misplaced, even to ourselves.
Spring, 1945: a guy wakes in a box in a rustic he doesn't understand. Injured and burdened, he pulls himself to his toes and begins to stroll, and so units out on a rare trip looking for his domestic, his earlier and himself.
His identify is Owen. A conflict he has just a obscure reminiscence of becoming a member of is in its demise days, and as he attempts to come back to England he turns into stuck up within the flood of refugees pouring via Europe. between them is a teenage boy, Janek, and jointly they shape an not going alliance as they pass battle-worn Germany. after they meet a bothered younger lady, tempers flare and scars are published as Owen gathers up the shattered items of his existence. not anyone is as he recalls, now not even himself - how can he really go back domestic whilst he rarely remembers what domestic is?
'An intensely relocating and atmospheric novel - sophisticated, robust and wonderfully written. It's a devastating trip every now and then, yet a compelling one'
—Antonia Hodgson, writer of The satan within the Marshalsea
'A actually soaking up learn, the sort you end in one sitting, and ... a such a lot great addition to the physique of wartime tales'
—Rosemary Goring, Sunday Herald
'Told with aching realism ... A gripping novel that might stick with you lengthy once you have learn the final page'
—Sophia Whitfield, tradition Street
'Conjuring up the confusion of terror and struggle during which [Hewitt's] valuable personality struggles to reclaim his experience of self'
—Nick Rennison, Sunday Times
'A wide-reaching and poignant evocation of WWII and its landswept aftermath. informed in beautiful prose, Owen's trip builds to a robust and - certain - devastating finale. the main relocating and gripping novel I've learn in a protracted while'
—Alex Preston, writer of This Bleeding City
'A hypnotic and heartrending story of fragmented wartime thoughts. superbly written'
—Juliet West, writer of earlier than the autumn
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The larrer were distributed across the following regiments and airfields - 16th lAP, with eight 1-16s at Luberrsy; 34th lAP, with 30 1-16s at Vnukovo; 27th lAP, with 31 1-16s at Klin; 176th I P, with 15 1-16s at Stepykhino; 233rd lAP, with 18 1-16s at Tushino; and 2nd OIAE, with four 1-16s at Ramenskoe. By 15 August German bombers had made 18 night raids on Moscow, but they had failed ro do any tangible damage ro the oviet capital thanks ro the efforts of the air defence forces. During these tense days and nights Soviet pilots continued ro make ram attacks, including 177th lAP pilot Snr Lt Vikror Talalikhin.
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