Their Finest: A Novel


Their Finest: A Novel Author Lissa Evans
ISBN-10 0062414917
ISBN-13 9780062414915
Year 2017-02-14
Pages 464
Language English
Publisher Harper Perennial
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From the author of the acclaimed Crooked Heart comes another smart funny ingenious revealing tale of London life during the Second World War The Independent longlisted for the Orange Prize upon its original publication in England It is 1940 France has fallen and only a narrow strip of sea lies between Great Britain and invasion The war could go either way and everyone must do their bit Young copy writer Catrin Cole is drafted into the Ministry of Information to help write women into propaganda filmssomething that the men arent very good at She is quickly seconded to the Ministrys latest endeavor a heart warming tale of bravery and rescue at Dunkirk Its all completely fabricated of course but what does that matter when the nations morale is at stake Since call up has stripped the industry of its brightest and best it is the callow the jaded and the utterly unsuitable who must make up the numbers Ambrose Hilliard third most popular British film star of 1924 Edith Beadmore Madame Tussauds wardrobe assistant turned costumier and Arthur Frith whose peacetime job as a catering manager has not really prepared him for his sudden unexpected elevation to Special Military Advisor Now in a serious world in a nation under siege they must all swallow their mutual distaste ill will and mistrust to unite for the common good for King and Country andin one casefor better or worse Evans displays a fine eye for detail and for the absurdities involved in filming She also brilliantly evokes the disruption and dangers of wartime London This funny heart warming and beautifully crafted novel is a must read Daily Mail London

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