Evans, Lissa Their Finest Hour and a Half

ISBN 13: 9780753144138

Their Finest Hour and a Half

 
9780753144138: Their Finest Hour and a Half

It is 1940. France has fallen, and only a narrow strip of sea lies between Great Britain and invasion. The war could go either way and everyone must do their bit. Young copy writer Catrin Cole is drafted into the Ministry of Information to help 'write women' in propaganda films - something that the men aren't very good at. She is quickly seconded to the Ministry's latest endeavour: a heart-warming tale of bravery and rescue at Dunkirk. It's all completely fabricated, of course, but what does that matter when the nation's morale is at stake? Since call-up has stripped the industry of its brightest and best, it is the callow, the jaded and the utterly unsuitable who must make up the numbers: Ambrose Hilliard, third most popular British film-star of 1924; Edith Beadmore, Madame Tussauds wardrobe assistant turned costumier; and Arthur Frith, whose peacetime job as a catering manager has not really prepared him for his sudden, unexpected elevation to Special Military Advisor. And in a serious world, in a nation under siege, they must all swallow their mutual distaste, ill-will and mistrust and unite for the common good, for King and Country, and - in one case - for better or worse...

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It's 1940 and only a narrow strip of sea lies between Great Britain and invasion. What's needed is a morale-boosting war film. As bombs start to fall on London, work begins on an almost-true tale of bravery and rescue at Dunkirk. But call-up has left the film industry with the jaded and the utterly unsuitable.There's Catrin Cole, copy-writer turned dialogue specialist; Ambrose Hilliard, third most popular British film star of 1924; Edith Beadmore, ex-seamstress and ex-Londoner, having been bombed twice; and Arthur Frith, whose peacetime job as a catering manager hasn't prepared him for sudden elevation to Special Military Advisor. In a city visited nightly by destruction, they must work together to produce a slice of the purest entertainment...

About the Author:

Following a brief career in medicine, Lissa Evans spent five years as a producer in BBC Radio Light Entertainment. She then moved to television where her credits as producer/director include Room 101, Father Ted and The Kumars at Number 42. After a decade of running a red pencil through other people's work, she eventually began to write for herself. Their Finest Hour and a Half is her third novel. She lives in London with her husband and two daughters.

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