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Alfie Day, RAF airman and former World War II POW, never expected to survive the war. Now, five years later and more alone than ever, Alfie finds himself drawn to unearth those strange, 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.
Funny and moving, wise and sad, Day" "is a truly original look at the intensity and courage to be found in the closeness of death, from one of Britain's most iconoclastic and highly acclaimed young writers.
Publisher: Toronto, Ont. : House of Anansi Press, c2007
ISBN: 9780887847691
Branch Call Number: FICTION KEN
Characteristics: 280 p. ; 23 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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