In the spring of 1940 the spectre of war turned into grim reality. For the Lovatt family - James, seconded on an assignment to work with Churchill, and Harry, a naval officer - and all the inhabitants of the historic villages of the New Forest, it was the beginning of the most bizarre, funny and tragic episode of their lives.
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Born in Newport, Monmouthshire, 1931, Leslie Thomas is the son of a sailor who was lost of 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 his national service.He won worldwide acclaim with his bestselling novel The Virgin Soldiers, which has achieved international sales of over two million copies.Review:
"Excellent" * Sunday Times * "Top Class" * Mirror *
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