Keep the Home Fires Burning

Keep the Home Fires Burning : A heart-warming wartime saga

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Perfect for fans Rosie Clarke and Annie Groves, comes a novel that will delight everyone that loved Call the Midwife and Foyle's War. The first in a fabulous new series from the creator of ITV smash-hit Home Fires.

In Britain's darkest hour, an extraordinary community of women strives to protect the Home Front. When an enemy plane crashes into the village, every one of their lives will change for ever . . .

Frances Barden, Chair of Great Paxford's Women's Institue, feels it's her role to lead the community. But as her factory is shut down and her husband's secret child arrives at her door, she finds she'll need the support of every woman in the WI. Luckily she has Pat Simms, Erica Campbell and Steph Farrow to turn to.

But as the war escalates, each woman finds herself facing challenges she never expected and threats she couldn't have imagined. When a plane crashes in the heart of their village, every one of their lives will change for ever.

Will their combined strength be enough to get them through the war?

Keep the Home Fires Burning is also available as a four-part ebook serial that begins with Part One: Spitfire Down!.

Look out for the second book in this fabulous series coming in 2018. Search 9781785764301.

What you are saying about Keep the Home Fires Burning:

'I'd put it on par with Call the Midwife . . . great characters and a strong story . . .'

'Love, love, love this book!!!'

'Beautiful, nuanced characters . . . you'll find yourself laughing and crying along with everyone in Great Paxford'

'It is so warm, pulling you into the lives of these strong courageous women, sharing their deepest fears and highest joys . . . Wonderfully compelling'

'Read it all in one sitting. I can hardly wait for the next instalment'

'An excellent story'

'I absolutely adore these books'

'I have enjoyed these books immensely'

'I feel like I actually know the Great Paxford community and their struggles. So looking forward to the next book'

'Has me sitting on the edge of my seat'

'Several scenes brought tears to both my husband and my eyes . . .'

'Wonderful story, great characterisations and full of personal valour!'

'Could not stop reading . . . you feel such empathy with the characters and the storylines are so gripping and involve the reader emotionally'

'This story just gets more interesting'

'Absolutely brilliant book, couldn't put it down'

'Can't wait for the next book'

'Well-rounded, diverse and complex characters'

'Wasn't sure it would be as good as TV, but was I wrong . . . couldn't put it down'

'Totally wonderful in every way'

'Loved it, couldn't put it down'

'I can't wait to read the next book'


'Looking forward to the next instalment already'

'Love reading about these characters and their storylines. Five stars'

'Savouring every scene'

'I highly recommend this book and I am anxiously looking forward to the next book!'

'I just love this book'


'I can't wait to read the next book'

'Loved the TV series. Loved the book'

'I just want more and more'
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Product details

  • Paperback | 512 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 29mm | 371g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1785763601
  • 9781785763601
  • 45,359

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I very quickly became embroiled . . . a really enjoyable book. Greatly looking forward to the next one * Rosie Goodwin *
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About S. Block

S. Block, the creator and writer behind the Home Fires TV series watched by over six million viewers, is a BAFTA award-winning writer who's been nominated for the Royal Television Society Awards and the British Comedy Awards. He's worked on TV shows such as New Tricks, Lewis, Wire in the Blood, Hotel Babylon and The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, as well as shows for NBC and ABC.

Among other jobs he was an elephant keeper at London Zoo, a London bus driver and is the current director of the North London branch of The Samaritans. Simon was born in London and lives there with his wife and sons.
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Rating details

1,476 ratings
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3 24% (361)
2 5% (75)
1 1% (18)
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