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Their Finest : Now a major film starring Gemma Arterton and Bill Nighy

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Now a major film starring Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin and Bill Nighy. It's 1940. In a small advertising agency in Soho, Catrin Cole writes snappy lines for Vida Elastic and So-Bee-Fee gravy browning. But the nation is in peril, all skills are transferable and there's a place in the war effort for those who have a knack with words. Catrin is conscripted into the world of propaganda films. After a short spell promoting the joy of swedes for the Ministry of Food, she finds herself writing dialogue for 'Just an Ordinary Wednesday', a heart-warming but largely fabricated 'true story' about rescue and romance on the beaches of Dunkirk. And as bombs start to fall on London, she discovers that there's just as much drama, comedy and passion behind the scenes as there is in front of the camera . . . Originally published as Their Finest Hour and a Halfshow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 127 x 198 x 26mm | 283g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Media tie-in
  • Film Tie-In
  • 1784162612
  • 9781784162610
  • 50,394

Review quote

"[Lissa Evans] displays a fine eye for detail and for the absurdities involved in filming. She also brilliantly evokes the disruption and dangers of wartime London. This funny, heart-warming and beautifully crafted novel is a must-read" * Daily Mail * "Beautifully written, minutely observed and researched, evocative and very funny tale" -- Michele Hanson * Guardian * "Comic, poignant and altogether delightful, raised spirits are guaranteed" * Easy Living * "This is a comic novel, but far warmer in tone and broader in scope than that label would suggest...Gloriously observed...Hilliard is a wonderful creation - and Evans's recreated propaganda scripts are a total joy. Delicious" * The Times * "Pitch-perfect in tone and populated by some unforgettable characters, Lissa Evans's blackly comic new novel is a delight" * The Gloss Magazine *show more

About Lissa Evans

Lissa Evans has written books for both adults and children, including Their Finest Hour and a Half, longlisted for the Orange Prize, Small Change for Stuart, shortlisted for many awards including the Carnegie Medal and the Costa Book Awards and Crooked Heart, longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction.show more

Review Text

"This is a comic novel, but far warmer in tone and broader in scope than that label would suggest...Gloriously observed...Hilliard is a wonderful creation - and Evans's recreated propaganda scripts are a total joy. Delicious"show more

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766 ratings
3.59 out of 5 stars
5 17% (129)
4 39% (301)
3 33% (252)
2 8% (65)
1 2% (19)
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