Treachery and Triumph - An Anthology of World War II Stories

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WAR? DEATH AND DESTRUCTION? VIOLENCE, HATRED, INEXPRESSIBLE GRIEF? PEOPLES PITTED AGAINST EACH OTHER, TO THE DEATH? WHY ON EARTH SHOULD I WANT TO READ ABOUT IT? THERE’S ENOUGH IN THE MEDIA EVERY DAY, SURELY? YES: BUT THIS IS DIFFERENT. The stories in this Anthology aim to give a vivid insight, through a fascinating mixture of history, reminiscence and fiction, into life during WWII: for those at the front, those left behind, the young at school, the old in the twilight of their years, parents, lovers, spouses, families, colleagues; Britons, Germans, Irish, Kenyans, French, eastern Europeans and Americans (plus the odd ‘undesirable alien’!). These pages see householders struggling to maintain a semblance of normality; young men reluctant to volunteer; soldiers determined to win; acts of generosity, acts of cowardice. In these pages, there is violence – impossible to avoid in an Anthology dedicated to the memory of war – but there is also humour and romance, suspense and emotion, heroism and daring. Even the paranormal puts in an appearance (as one might say). The action is set variously in France, Britain, Eire, Kenya, Russia, Poland ... You are guaranteed hours of stimulation, enjoyment and fruitful relaxation with a book devoted to one of the defining events of our times. STARE INTO THE PAST WITH THE EYES OF THOSE GRIPPED BY ITS DRAMA. All the stories have been especially written for this Anthology by writers experienced in their field. Pneuma Springs is proud to present it to commemorate seventy years after the end of hostilities. Contributors: Karl Brockmann, Annie Coyle Martin, Julius Falconer, Peter Good, Neal James Andrew Malloy, Steve Morris, Neil Morton, Ron Ooms, Chris Pownall, Derek Rosser, Avril Saunders, Derek Smith, Louise Wilkinson Book reviews online: PublishedBestsellers website.
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Author Bio: The contributors are all published authors who have contributed an original story especially for this Pneuma Springs anthology. Annie Coyle Martin Annie Coyle Martin grew up in an Ulster village, trained as a nurse in Dublin, emigrated to Canada, Her first published fiction was a short story, 'Jody' for a collection. Then "The Music of What Happens" published in 2001, “To Know the Road” in 2011, and “Between Two Dusks” in 2013. Julius Falconer Julius Falconer, a retired teacher, is the author of several series of crime novels (eleven set in Worcestershire, eight in Yorkshire, including, most recently the ‘Sherburn Trilogy’, set in 1728 at Sherburn-in-Elmete, and featuring the accident-prone vicar). Peter Good Peter Good was born in Kenya and lived in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania before moving to Rhodesia. He and his wife Cheryl are happily settled now in Basingstoke, Hampshire. He is the author of NDLOVU-The White Elephant (2011). Neal James Neal James is an accountant who lives in Derbyshire with his wife and family. Neal’s books to date include ‘A Ticket to Tewkesbury’, ‘Short Stories Volume One’, ‘Two Little Dicky Birds’, ‘Threads of Deceit’, ‘Full Marks’, and ‘Day of the Phoenix’. Andrew Malloy Stirlingshire based author, Andrew D Malloy, has had three novels published: Frantic! and its sequel, Bible John – Closure. Novel number four, A Good Day to Die, should be out soon. Steve Morris Steve is a peripatetic teacher of maths, physics and chemistry. He lives in rural Wales close to the English border. His is the author of three short story collections: In All Probability (2009), Jumble Tales (2010), Out on Top (2014) and a novel Playing Havoc (2012). Neil Morton Neil Morton served as a steward in 1950s in the British Merchant Marine. He had plenty of time to record the seafarers, the sights, the sounds and the delights of faraway places, all of which appear in his first published work, Drifting Beneath the Red Duster. Neil lives in Melbourne with his Australian wife and family. Ronald Ooms Ronald Ooms is a Belgian journalist. He began writing for a local newspaper in 2007. Years later, he was signed up as a freelancer for one of Belgium's biggest newspapers. He is the author of Silver Eagle released in 2013 and the Dutch version of Silver Eagle released in 2014. Chris R. Pownall Chris R. Pownall lives in Nottinghamshire, England. Foreign travel and wide-ranging business experience provided a wealth of knowledge to draw on for his books: Funny How Things Work Out, Onwards and Upwards, Dane Mills Bosley and A Long Journey Back. Derek Rosser Derek lives in Bristol. In I988 he was given the option of early retirement and this enabled him to pursue a lifelong ambition to write. His published works include A Reluctant Recruit, Call Me Valentine and Earning a Crust. Avril Saunders Avril Dalziel Saunders released her first novel, What’s For Ye, Won’t Go By Ye, in 2006, followed by a sequel, Chasin’ That Carrot, in 2008. Avril was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011. To raise awareness and encourage more women to have mammograms, she published her true story, Mammograms Save Lives, in 2012. Derek Smith Derek Smith was born in Birmingham in 1931. His National Service in West Germany serving with No. 256 night-fighter squadron gave him the material for his first book, No Cousin of Mine. His second book, Wild Strawberries, was based on the experiences of a nine-year-old war-time evacuee. Louise Wilkinson Louise Wilkinson is a retired history teacher and the author of The Kipper Patrol, about 608 Squadron Auxiliary Air Force. Her interests have always surrounded the period 1912-1957, and she is currently researching into the Territorial Air Force for her PHD.
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Pneuma Springs Publishing
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Published on
24 Sep 2015
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Pages
214
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ISBN
9781782283959
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English
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Fiction / Historical / General
Fiction / Short Stories (single author)
Fiction / War & Military
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