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The New York Times has called her “a world-class fiction writer.” One of Britain’s most iconoclastic and highly acclaimed young writers (“If you are at all interested in contemporary fiction, this is work you must not miss”—Richard Ford)—twice selected as one of Granta’s Best Young British Novelists, winner of the Somerset Maugham Award, the Encore Award and the Saltire Scottish Book of the Year Award—A. L. Kennedy now gives us a brilliant new novel about war for which she is receiving the strongest reviews of her career.

Alfie Day, RAF airman and former World War II POW, never expected to survive the war. He may not have even wanted to—choosing to be a tail gunner—exposed, alone and watchful for his skipper and his crew through night after night of bombing missions. Now, five years after the end of the war and more alone than ever, Alfie finds himself drawn to unearth those intense, strangely passionate days by working as an extra on a POW film. What he will discover on the set about himself, his loves and the world around him will make the war itself look simple.

is a superbly realized, emotionally charged, deeply affecting drama about the violence of modern life, and the intensity and courage to be found in the closeness of death. Blazing with Kennedy’s characteristic virtuosity, wit and narrative invention, Day is funny and moving, wise and sad, a dazzlingly original performance from one of the most gifted writers of our time.

Baker & Taylor
Five years after the end of World War II, Alfie Day, an RAF airman and former World War II POW, is given the chance to relive the glory of the war as an extra on a POW film, an opportunity that leads him to new revelations about himself, the world around him, and the challenges and violence of modern life. 15,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2008
Edition: 1st United States ed
ISBN: 9780307266835
Branch Call Number: F KEN
Characteristics: 273 p. ; 25 cm


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Apr 12, 2013

Costa Prize winner. Excellent. This novel tells the story of a young working class lad who becomes a gunner in WW II. Here he finds comradeship, meaning and a sense of family which he never experienced before. He is shot down and becomes a prisoner of war. In 1949 he participates as an extra in a film about the war as a way of going back to find where he lost himself. It is a novel of remembering and hope which is extremely well-written.


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