by A.L. Kennedy - £8.99 Vintage (2008)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780099494058 | ISBN 10: 0099494051
Alfred Day wanted his war.
In its turmoil he found his proper purpose as the tail-gunner in a Lancaster bomber; he found the wild, dark fellowship of his crew, and - most extraordinary of all - he found Joyce, a woman to love. But that's all gone now - the war took it away. Maybe it took him, too.
Now in 1949, employed as an extra in a war film that echoes his real experience, Day begins to recall what he would rather forget...
"Day is a remarkable performance: an eerily convincing act of ventriloquism in which the internal monologue of a deeply troubled an inarticulate young man is transmuted into language that conveys the blunt, painful, sometimes beautiful and often comic flashing of thoughts."
(Jane Shilling, Sunday Telegraph)
(Price & availability last checked: August 2018)
In booklists: Writers by Surname - K, Fiction - Scottish Writers (and novels set in Scotland), Historical Fiction, Peace and War in Fiction, In categories: Fiction, Ireland, Scotland & Wales, History & Biography, Peace & Human Rights,