The Pathfinder

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The Pathfinder

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"A heroic love story, set at the time of the Berlin Air Lift." - BOOKLIST Berlin 1948: A vanquished city of rubble - sliced into sections by the Allies. In the British sector was Squadron Leader Michael Harrison, a war hero who had helped to bomb Berlin into fragments. He hated the Nazis, but here he was, doing his best to ensure that food and fuel was brought in to save the surviving Berliners. In the Russian sector was young Lili Leicht, German, middle-class daughter of a university professor, trying to prevent her grandfather and two younger brothers from dying of malnutrition. As the tensions in the smouldering city grew worse, so Michael and Lili slowly fell in love. It was a love that surmounted all the prejudices and hatreds of war.

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Margaret Mayhew was born in London and her earliest childhood memories were of the London Blitz. She began writing in her mid-thirties and had her first published in 1976. She is married to American aviation author, Philip Kaplan, and lives on the borders of Wales. She is the author of Bluebirds, The Crew, The Little Ship and Our Yanks, all published by Corgi.

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Squadron leader Michael Harrison is sent to Berlin in 1948 by the Royal Air Force, and is unnerved by the city's utter destruction, how it's divided up by the allies, and how the Russians are making it difficult to bring in supplies. Michael has no compassion for the residents, believing that they all supported Hitler, until he buys a black market watch from a teenage boy and then meets his sister. Lili and her family are barely surviving in the Russian sector, living in the bombed-out remains of their former apartment. Her father was sent to the camps because he opposed Hitler, and her mother was killed in one of the bombings. Initially they are antagonistic toward each other, but they learn to put the past behind them, and soon Michael wants to marry Lili, but his career, the Russian blockade, and Lili's hidden past are against them. Mayhew's well-crafted story provides an insightful look at an overlooked facet of the post-World War II era. Patty Engelmann
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