“A massively different novel…the effect is – quite literally – devastating.”
NO MAJOR SPOILERS
Briefly, this is an account of a single RAF bombing raid on a town in Germany, written from the perspectives of a variety of major and minor protagonists, in the air and on the ground, in Germany and England.
The story takes you from the morning of the raid as the characters wake, go about their daily business and prepare for the raid, all the way through the raid itself to the end of the night as the bombers land and the survivors crawl from the rubble.
It is a truly fantastic story, written by a master storyteller and to label it as fiction doesn’t do it an ounce of justice. It is so meticulously researched that you’ll put it down thinking you’ve read a dramatisation of a real event which, I suppose, it is – an event that was played out almost every night for four or five years in the middle of the last century.