Molly Lefebure Blitz!

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Blitz!

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War would change them forever ...When World War II broke out, no one could predict the impact it would have on their lives. As the conflict begins to take its toll, the lives of four families become entwined. The Duchamps, the Spurgeons, the Sowersbys and the Tooleys are all faced with personal struggles while the world around them is torn apart. Families become fragmented, love is found and the young are forced to grow up too quickly - but all are determined to remain defiant and united against the upheaval. An emotive and heartwarming novel, Blitz! creates a vivid portrait of a courageous Britain under fire - strong, brave and in the end triumphantly alive.

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Molly Lefebure started her writing career as a newspaper reporter in East London during the Blitz. She then worked for many years as the private secretary to acclaimed forensic pathologist Dr Keith Simpson, head of the Department of Forensic Medicine at Guy's Hospital. She is the author of several children's books and a memoir of her time working with Dr Simpson, Murder on the Home Front, which has been adapted for television. She was a Coleridge scholar and wrote two acclaimed books on the poet, and she was also elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2010. Her two novels for adults, Blitz! and Thunder in the Sky, are sweeping historical sagas and they are closely based on her own experiences during the Second World War. Molly sadly passed away in 2013 but her memory lives on through her writing.

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Lefebure is a biographer and children's book author; this is her first adult novel. In a moving account of the intertwined lives of four families during the London blitz, Lefebure conveys not only the destruction of a city but the courage of its inhabitants. She re-creates a society out of joint, in which suffering and sudden death are commonplace. The resilience of the English in the face of the relentless Nazi attack shines through the story. Love affairs are hurriedly begun and brutally ended. Survivors band together to create new societies in air-raid shelters. Lefebure even demonstrates a sense of humor by including such absurd situations as the efforts of the Infants' Bible Class to collect funds for hand grenades. Her compelling narrative immerses readers in a not-so-distant past of trial and triumph.
- Kathy Piehl, Mankato State Univ., Minn.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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