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    DescriptionA wartime romance, survival saga and murder mystery set in rural France during the First World War, from the bestselling author of 'Operation Mincemeat' and 'Agent Zig-Zag'. Four young British soldiers find themselves trapped behind enemy lines at the height of the fighting on the Western Front in August 1914. Unable to get back to their units, they shelter in the tiny French village of Villeret, where they are fed, clothed and protected by the villagers, including the local matriarch Madame Dessenne, the baker and his wife. The self-styled leader of the band of fugitives, Private Robert Digby, falls in love with the 20-year-old-daughter of one of his protectors, and in November 1915 she gives birth to a baby girl. The child is just six months old when someone betrays the men to the Germans. They are captured, tried as spies and summarily condemned to death. Using the testimonies of the daughter, the villagers, detailed town hall records and, most movingly, the soldiers' last letters, Ben Macintyre reconstructs an extraordinary story of love, duplicity and shame - ultimately seeking to discover through decades of village rumour the answer to the question, 'Who betrayed Private Digby and his men?' In this new updated edition the mystery is finally solved.


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    Title
    A Foreign Field
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Ben Macintyre
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 197 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 240 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780007395262
    ISBN 10: 0007395264
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DDF
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD1, BTM
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T18.2
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJF
    DC22: 940.4144
    BISAC V2.8: HIS010020
    BIC subject category V2: 1DDF, 3JJF
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027000
    Thema V1.0: NHD, DNXM
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1DDF
    Thema time period qualifier V1.0: 3MPBF
    Illustrations note
    35 b/w plates (16pp), With index
    Publisher
    HarperCollins Publishers
    Imprint name
    HarperPress
    Publication date
    05 August 2010
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Ben Macintyre is a columnist and Associate Editor on The Times. He has worked as the newspaper's correspondent in New York, Paris and Washington. He is the author of Agent Zigzag, which was shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award and the Tesco Biography of the Year at the 2008 Galaxy British Book Awards. He lives in London with his wife and three children.
    Review quote
    'A simple and touching tale of self-sacrificing courage and love in war ... turns into a page-turning mystery and a spy story worthy of Deighton or le Carre. I loved it' The Times 'I loved "A Foreign Field", the true story of an English soldier stranded behind enemy lines ... at once a great romance, a war story, a social history and a whodunit' Sunday Telegraph 'At the simplest level this is a love story. Stirring, ambitious and profound, this is storytelling at its very best' Sunday Times 'The true story of seven British soldiers trapped behind enemy lines, with brilliant research, [Macintyre has] built a powerful picture of what life was like for the Picardy villagers who protected them. I was fascinated' Evening Standard