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A Good War - Patrick Bishop

A Good War - Patrick Bishop

Signed, numbered, dated and stamped first edition, first printing

Title:  A Good War

Author:  Patrick Bishop

ISBN:  9780340951705

Pages:  392
Published:  01 May 2008
Publisher:  Hodder & Stoughton
Format:  hardcover with dust jacket
Condition:  fine / fine (see our Condition Grades article)
Special Features:  The number (4 / 100) is handwritten on a blind embossed circular stamp.  Around its edge, are the words ‘EXCLUSIVE SIGNED FIRST EDITION’.  The book is also dated (vi/v/2008) and stamped (black ink) with the image of a WWII fighter aircraft; it comes with its original promotional bellyband.

Weight:  990 g



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A Good War by Patrick Bishop

This tale of WWII derring-do proves Bishop – already acclaimed as a great historian of the war in the air – to be a superbly gifted novelist.

Adam Tomaszewski is a Polish airman, flying Hurricanes alongside British pilots as the Battle of Britain rages in the summer skies over Kent and Sussex.  Facing death daily and far from his friends and family, Adam finds himself drawn to a maverick Irish soldier called Gerry Cunningham.

‘You're out of luck, brother,’ are the first words Gerry says when they meet in the crush of men competing for the few women at a dance in a seaside hotel, but when Gerry betrays his lover Moira, Adam’s fortunes seem to have changed.

For the next four years, Adam’s life and Gerry’s are intertwined like good luck and bad, love and loss, life and death, their paths crossing at various points on Adam’s perilous journey from the ruins of Poland to the rolling English countryside, from Egypt to Occupied France.

A hauntingly evocative picture of wartime Britain, a twisting drama of fighting behind enemy lines, a compelling, suspenseful love story,

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