D-Day: the Beginning of the End

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Oradour-sur-Glane, one of the casualties of German retaliation following D-Day

Today marks the anniversary of D-Day, 6th June 1944, the Allied invasion of German-occupied France. Down here in SW France, the weather is equally damp today, but perhaps not quite as cold and windy as it was on that significant day back in 1944. The decision to go or not to go that Eisenhower had to make must rank as one of the most difficult in history. Continue reading

Epic Sale of WWII Novels 

The eagerly-awaited film “Dunkirk”, directed by Christopher Nolan, premiers very soon. To celebrate the release, 40+ authors of the Facebook Second World War Club have joined up to put together a Dunkirk Week WWII Epic Novel Sale – a real reading feast for devotees of WWII fiction. Continue reading

Pearl Harbor and More Launches in Paperback

 

The devastating surprise attack by Japanese fighter planes on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941 hastened America’s entry into World War II and changed the course of the war.

To commemorate the 75th anniversary, eight writers of wartime fiction published a collection of stories set around that date in different locations around the world. We’ve been so pleased with the e-book’s reception that we have decided to publish a paperback edition, which is launched today. Continue reading

The Story Behind ‘The List’: Occupied France 1941-42

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It’s surprising where research can lead you. I have been reading about World War II and France. Robert Gildea’s book Marianne in Chains: Daily Life in the Heart of France During the German Occupation describes everyday life in the Occupied Zone and investigates certain myths about ordinary French people’s attitudes and fears. Continue reading

Excerpt from Pearl Harbor and More

 

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This week, I’m publishing a short extract from my story, ‘The List’, which is set in occupied France. It’s part of the anthology entitled Pearl Harbor and More: Stories of WWII – December 1941, published by eight authors of wartime fiction. The short stories are set in locations around the world and commemorate the Battle of Pearl Harbor, which took place 75 years ago on 7th December.

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Pearl Harbor and More: Meet the Authors

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December 7th this year marks the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Pearl Harbor and the subsequent entry of the United States into World War II. Eight of us who write wartime fiction have published an anthology of stories to commemorate this pivotal event – Pearl Harbor and More: Stories of WWII – December 1941.

Some of the stories are set at Pearl Harbor, in other parts of the United States or in Singapore. Others are set in Europe – France, Germany and Northern Ireland. They show that few people’s lives were unaffected in some way by that day in December 1941.

On this day of commemorations, meet the authors of this wide-ranging collection in the order their stories appear. Click on the book above to read summaries of their stories. Continue reading

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I’m involved in a collection of short stories to be published in early November to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Pearl Harbor, which took place on 7th December 1941. The devastating surprise attack by Japanese fighter planes on the U.S. naval base in Hawaii led to America’s entry into World War II. Continue reading