Historians of the Second World War have hitherto omitted to mention that the first British raid on German-occupied France took place within four months of Dunkirk. It happened at midnight on September 21st, 1940, the landing being made at the small fishing town of Granville, in Normandy. The landing party consisted of a detective-sergeant of the Metropolitan Police (V Division), a young French woman schoolteacher and an ugly mongrel dog named Formidable. They were considerately brought ashore by the Germans themselves. George Ormerod was the detective sergeant in question, not the most imaginative of policemen, but, true to his name, most resolute in his investigations. (An ormer is a notably tenacious shell-fish of the English Channel.) While the war is being lost all around him, Ormerod remains obsessed with the mundane murder of a young woman in Wandsworth, even pursuing his investigations amongst the returning and bewildered troops. How the investigation blazed a savage trail through rural Normandy and led to Nazi-occupied Paris, and how Marie- Therese Velin and her often ruthless Resistance allies become involved with George Ormerod are questions Leslie Thomas answers as his tale unfolds. In Ormerod's Landing, an exciting and ironic tale of Britain and France in the early years of the war, he once again creates a tender, farcical world in which his unique humour and irony flourish.
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Leslie Thomas was born in 1931 in Newport, Monmouthshire, the son of a sailor who was lost at sea in 1943. His boyhood in an orphanage is evoked in This Time Next Week published in 1964. At sixteen he became a reporter, before going on to do hiss National Service. His novels include: The Virgin Soldiers (1966), Orange Wednesday (1967), The Love Beach (1968), Come to the War (1969), His Lordship (1970), Onward Virgin Soldiers (1971), Arthur McCann and All His Women (1972), The Man with the Power (1973), Tropic of Ruislip (1974), Stand Up Virgin Soldiers (1975), Dangerous Davies (1976) and Bare Nell (1977). He has also published a travelogue, Some Lovely Islands (1968).
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Book Description Pan Books, 1979. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0330257781