Bomber : Events Relating to the Last Flight of an RAF Bomber Over Germany on the Night of June 31st, 1943

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The classic novel of the Second World War that relates in devastating detail the 24-hour story of an allied bombing raid. Bomber is a novel of war. There are no victors, no vanquished. There are simply those who remain alive, and those who die. Bomber follows the progress of an Allied air raid through a period of twenty-four hours in the summer of 1943. It portrays all the participants in a terrifying drama, both in the air and on the ground, in Britain and in Germany. In its documentary style, it is unique. In its emotional power it is overwhelming. Len Deighton has been equally acclaimed as a novelist and as an historian. In Bomber he has combined both talents to produce a masterpiece.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 576 pages
  • 112 x 176 x 42mm | 299.37g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reissue
  • map
  • 0586045449
  • 9780586045442
  • 74,726

About Len Deighton

Born in London, Len Deighton served in the RAF before graduating from the Royal College of Art (which recently elected him a Senior Fellow). While in New York City working as a magazine illustrator he began writing his first novel, The Ipcress File, which was published in 1962. He is now the author of more than thirty books of fiction and non-fiction. At present living in Europe, he has, over the years, lived with his family in ten different countries from Austria to Portugal.

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'A massively different novel... the effect is - quite literally - devastating' Sunday Times 'A massive and superbly mobilised tragedy of the machines which men make to destroy themselves. Masterly and by far Mr Deighton's best'. Douglas Hurd, The Spectator 'A magnificent story... the characters lean out of the pages' Daily Mirror 'For sheer readability he has no peer' The Standard 'The magnificent Bomber is rich with historical detail' The Times

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Review Text

Subtitled "Events relating to the last flight of an R.A.F. bomber over Germany on the night of June 31st, 1943" this is a 747 rerun over World War II terrain, a documentary which approaches dispassionate, literal, and reaching the inevitable terminus with an authoritative tone of voice - "Close master fuel-cock for starboard outer." The R.A.F. sends its bombers to gut the heavily industrialized town of Krefeld. Prominent, although unmemorable, participants include Sam Lambert, a British pilot; August Bach, a widower who mans a radar station and has just fallen in love with the nursegirl caring for his child (the latter two will be casualties); and a Junker pilot, yon Lowenherz. whose aide steals and circulates a document exposing the activities at Dachau. Prominent scenes, more memorable, include bombers ablaze and falling; civilians trapped in a crumbling cellar or a hospital; and the aftermath "sorting out the bodies." . . . A massive exposure - but then there's Deighton's energetic style to keep you at attention all through the long night of horror. (Kirkus Reviews)

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