Devastation Road by Jason Hewitt

By Jason Hewitt

A deeply compelling and poignant tale that, just like the novels of Pat Barker or Sebastian Faulks' Birdsong, dramatises the tragic classes of conflict, the importance of belonging and of reminiscence - with no which we turn into misplaced, even to ourselves.

Spring, 1945: a guy wakes in a box in a rustic he doesn't recognize. Injured and pressured, he pulls himself to his ft and begins to stroll, and so units out on a rare trip looking for his domestic, his earlier and himself.

His identify is Owen. A warfare he has just a imprecise reminiscence of becoming a member of is in its loss of life days, and as he attempts to come back to England he turns into stuck up within the flood of refugees pouring via Europe. between them is a teenage boy, Janek, and jointly they shape an not likely alliance as they go battle-worn Germany. once they meet a stricken younger lady, tempers flare and scars are printed as Owen gathers up the shattered items of his lifestyles. nobody is as he recalls, now not even himself - how can he actually go back domestic whilst he rarely remembers what domestic is?

'An intensely relocating and atmospheric novel - refined, robust and wonderfully written. It's a devastating trip now and then, yet a compelling one'
—Antonia Hodgson, writer of The satan within the Marshalsea

'A actually soaking up learn, the sort you end in one sitting, and ... a so much welcome boost to the physique of wartime tales'
—Rosemary Goring, Sunday Herald

'Told with aching realism ... A gripping novel that might stick with you lengthy once you have learn the final page'
—Sophia Whitfield, tradition Street

'Conjuring up the confusion of terror and warfare within which [Hewitt's] critical personality struggles to reclaim his experience of self'
—Nick Rennison, Sunday Times

'A wide-reaching and poignant evocation of WWII and its landswept aftermath. informed in beautiful prose, Owen's trip builds to a robust and - definite - devastating finale. the main relocating and gripping novel I've learn in a protracted while'
—Alex Preston, writer of This Bleeding City

'A hypnotic and heartrending story of fragmented wartime thoughts. fantastically written'
—Juliet West, writer of prior to the autumn

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Sail on, O Union, strong and great! Humanity with all its fears, With all the hopes of future years, Is hanging breathless on thy fate! As ever yours, FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT The Grand Alliance These splendid lines from Longfellow’s “Building of the Ship” were an inspiration. 51 The Grand Alliance 52 It is not possible in a major war to divide military from political affairs. At the summit they are one. It is natural that soldiers should regard the military aspect as single and supreme, and even that they should speak of political considerations with a certain amount of disdain.

Coincidence is evident about the attitude of General Franco and Spain. 31 Dec. 40 The Grand Alliance Duce, … In examining the general situation I reach the following conclusions: 1. The war in the West is in itself won. A final violent effort is still necessary to crush England. In order to determine the manner of accomplishing this, we must weigh the factors which separate England from a complete collapse after the intensification of our air and submarine offensives will have produced their effect.

41 We must not overlook the decision we conveyed to General Wavell, that once Tobruk was taken the Greek- The Grand Alliance 61 Turkish situation must have priority. The advance to Benghazi is most desirable, and has been emphasised in later telegrams. Nevertheless, only forces which do not conflict with European needs can be employed. As the forecast is now that Benghazi cannot be captured till the end of February, it is necessary that this should be impressed upon General Wavell. For instance, the air support promised to Turkey cannot be delayed till then.

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