Baker & Taylor Follows the life and times of identical twin brothers Tom and William, born at the end of World War I in 1918 as they take divergent paths at the world moves toward a Second World War--Tom, fascinated by airplanes, who becomes a Spitfire pilot, and William, a burgeoning poet who becomes a schoolteacher--until their lives converge once again at Canterbury Cathedral. 30,000 first printing.
Blackwell North Amer The saga of brothers shaped by the chaos and danger of two world wars, The Navigation Log follows Tom and William, identical twins born as the church bells ring out the armistice of 1918. Largely ignored by their preoccupied mother and adulterous father, the brothers share a close bond through their rambunctious boyhood, even as Tom becomes obsessed with airplanes while William, a burgeoning poet, is drawn to his own internal flights of fancy. By the time the Second World War casts its shadow across England, the boys have largely gone their separate ways. Tom is a Spitfire pilot, entangled in the romantic pursuit of a tempestuous female flier, and William is a teacher at an unorthodox elementary school. The war intensifies, and so do the brothers' differences: As Tom patrols the skies, dogfighting high above the coast of Kent, William accompanies his headmaster, students, and new wife in a lunatic pilgrimage across the bomb-strewn countryside below. It is only when they separately approach the majestic Canterbury Cathedral that the twins' paths explosively converge one last, unforgettable time.
Baker & Taylor Follows the lives of identical twin brothers Tom and William, born at the end of World War I, as they take divergent paths--Tom becoming a Spitfire pilot and William a schoolteacher--only to converge one last time at Canterbury Cathedral.