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Sixty-five years after the end of the Second World War comes a remarkable new novel. Alan Clegg’s “WINDMILLS” tells the story of a family surviving occupation in war-torn Netherlands. From the treacherous bombing of Rotterdam to the British airborne landings at Arnhem; the suffering of the Dutch Jews and the horrors of the reprisals. It’s all here, experiences that Britain never had to face..
Frank van de Meer and his wife Marieke are heroic characters. Pacifists by nature and with the help of their teenage children, Aukje and Harmen, together they face up to the moral dilemmas of occupation. Hiding their Jewish friends and saving them from transportation to the death camps forces Frank to join the fledgling resistance movement. For the next five years the van de Meer family struggle against increasing odds. Many die, either by starvation or at the hands of the SS.
Alan Clegg has excitingly recreated the whole landscape of Holland. The reader travels the canals, sees the dead straight horizons and lives the provincial life. The ever darkening shadows of war do not lift until the last thrilling page. This book is a tribute to the brave Dutch people. “WINDMILLS” is a story that HAD to be told and one that MUST be read.
‘WINDMILLS, A stunning story of a five year terror”. “Gripping to the very last word”. “Britain was never occupied - “WINDMILLS” tells us what it must have been like.”
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Book Description Horseshoe Publications, 1995. Paperback. Condition: Acceptable. Gift note scribbled inside Acceptable items may shows sign of prior usage, pages stained or discoloured from the outside. Covers/corners and spine may be worn/bent, may contain stickers/stamps or previous owners name (May contain gift note). For detailed description please contact seller. Seller Inventory # mon0001415503
Book Description Horseshoe Publications, Warrington, 1995. Cloth. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. A near fine copy in a near fine dust jacket of this signed first edition of a novel about the Dutch Resistance in the Second World War. Dust Jacket: pictorial laminated with Tracy Walkden painting to all faces and red lettering to front and spine; in Near Fine condition, only the slightest signs of shelf wear; not price clipped (now protected). Cover: turquoise cloth covered boards with gilt lettering to spine; in excellent condition, little or no sign of shelf wear. Internally: very clean and tightly bound; author signature to front free end paper with dedication to 'The National Library for the Blind'. There are no library markings or stickers (looks unread). 448 pp. A heavy book which may incur increased postal charges outside the UK. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 002055