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London Pride

Author: Beryl Kingston

Publisher: Futura (1991)

Growing up in the Tower of London under the loving protection of her soldier father, Peggy is proud and content, even if she does have to put up with her mother's nerves and her whining younger sister, Baby. But when fate moves to rip her away from the security she has known, it is down to her to look after her mother and two sisters. Taking the world's burdens on to her narrow shoulders is something that comes all too easily to Peggy, often at the expense of her own well-being. For later, when War comes to London, it only seems natural for Peggy to join the ARP and do her bit to protect her beloved city. Watching the skies through long, fear filled nights, fire-fighting and digging victims from the ruins of their homes does not excuse Peggy from her duties to her family, who still expect to be taken care of. But life seems to be looking up when love comes in the shape of neighbour Jim Boxall. Like Peggy, Jim has had to look after his own family from a young age, whilst doing his best to better himself in a world that dismisses his promise and intelligence because of his class. Joining the RAF is his chance to get on in the world, but it also tears him away from his home, and from Peggy.

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Masters Of War

Author: Chris Ryan

Part of a series: Danny Black

Publisher: Coronet (2013)

In Paris, an elderly man is assassinated as he takes his morning walk. In the war-torn cities of Syria, government forces wage a bloody war against their own people. The Russians are propping up the government, the French are backing one rebel fraction and the British are backing another. And in north Africa, young SAS trooper Danny Black is coming to the end of a gruelling tour of duty, or so he thinks. Danny has a new mission. An MI6 agent needs to make contact with Syrian rebel forces, and also with the private military contractors who are - unofficially - training this rebel faction as it struggles to bring down their government and establish a new regime that will be favourable to British business interests. As they travel deep into rebel heartland, Danny will learn who the masters of war, the men who call the shots, really are. As Danny finds himself sucked into the murky orbit of the private military, he discovers a world where death is dispensed by the highest bidder and individuals will betray anybody if the price is right. And where a secret lurks that will change the course of Danny's own life, however long that might last...

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On The Side Of The Angels

Author: Betty Miller

Publisher: Virago Press (1995)

During World War II, Honor Carmichael and her two young children are uprooted to Linfield, to join Honor's husband Colin, a dapper, small-town doctor stationed at the military hospital. She is visited by her sister Claudia, whose fiancé, Andrew, waits to be invalided out of the Army. Whilst Andrew dismisses himself as 'damaged goods', Colin becomes absorbed by the petty feuds and power games of uniformed life - most particularly with the arrival of Captain Herriot, a commando, and the C.O.'s current favourite. Apparently peripheral to this 'male pirouetting' Honor and Claudia are nevertheless deeply affected by this war - for its threat to notions of masculinity forces both women to reassess the roles they re always played. First published in 1945, this exploration of the crushing psychological effects of war is as relevant now as ever. This edition carries a new foreword by Sir Jonathan Miller C.B.E., the author's son.

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Over To You

Author: Roald Dahl

Publisher: Penguin Books (1973)

Ten terrifying glimpses into the nightmare of life as a wartime fighter pilot. Roald Dahl was badly wounded in Libya during the war, but he went on to serve in the RAF in Greece and Syria. In these spine-tingling tales of battles in the sky - and in the psyche - he draws on his own experiences and those of his friends and colleagues to convey the bizarre reality of a pilot's existence. From the nervy jollity of life in the Ops room and the Mess in 'Death of an Old Old Man' to the nightmarish horror of being shot down in 'A Piece of Cake', or the infectious madness of war in 'Someone Like You', these stories capture with chilling clarity the experience of living with the daily possibility of extinction.

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Over To You Ten Stories Of Flyers And Flying

Authors: Roald Dahl, Alex James

Publisher: Penguin Classics (2010)

During the Second World War Roald Dahl served in the RAF and suffered horrific injuries in an air crash in the Libyan desert. Drawing on his own experience as a fighter pilot, Dahl crafted these ten spine-tingling stories: of air battles in the sky; of the nightmare of being shot down; of the infectious madness of conflict; and of the nervy jollity of the Mess and Ops room. Dahl brilliantly conveys the bizarre reality of a wartime pilot's daily existence, where death is a constant companion and life is lived from one heartbeat to the next.

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Quiet Flows The Una

Author: Faruk Sehic

Publisher: Istros Books (2016)

Quiet Flows the Una is the story a man trying to overcome the personal trauma caused by the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina; a meditation on the beauty of nature and the cruelty of war, written by a veteran of the conflict of the 1990s. In meditative prose, this is an attempt to reconstruct the life of a man whose existence has effectively been split in two by the war which left him both a veteran, with all that entails, and a poet. At times, he manages to pick up the pieces of his life, but at other times it escapes him. His memories of the recent war and the killings are 'dirty and disgusting', he sees his present as humdrum and his identity feels incomplete. With the help of his memories, he uses his mind and strength to look for a way out of the maze in which he is confined, acting as both archivist and a chronicler of the past, roles that allow him the opportunity to rebuild everything again.

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Shadows Of Steel

Author: Dale Brown

Publisher: HarperCollins (1997)

The new Gulf War is erupting, and this one will be far bloodier than the first. A newly powerful Iran is flexing its military muscle in the Middle East. The Iranians have declared the Persian Gulf their territorial waters—and an American ship has just been sunk to prove the point. With a military racked by budget cuts and a public reluctant to fight, the president must end the crisis before it escalates. The solution: Project Future Flight, a surgical stealth campaign to silence Iran’s modern weapons. The personnel: Colonel Patrick McLanahan and the surviving crew of the Old Dog. The stakes: success—or full-scale war…

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Sharpe's Battle

Author: Bernard Cornwell

Part of a series: Sharpe

Publisher: HarperCollins (1995)

This novel takes Richard Sharpe and his picked bunch of riflemen back to the spring of 1811 and one of the bitterest battles of the Penninsular war. Sharpe finds himself given the responsibility for the Irish Company of the exiled King of Spain's household guard.

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Sharpe's Christmas

Author: Bernard Cornwell

Part of a series: Sharpe

Publisher: The Sharpe Appreciation Societ (2003)

Sharpe's christmas contains two stories both originally ,written by christmas newspapers . In the title story sharpe ,commanding Prince of Wales own volunteers, finds himself in a hard, high place with the enemy brigade on both sides. the second story , sharpe's ransom ,is set in France , after the wars, when old enemies take sharpe's woman and child hostage.

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Sharpe's Company

Author: Bernard Cornwell

Part of a series: Sharpe

Publisher: Collins (1982)

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