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A magnificent novel about war by one of the finest living British writers

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...

Reviews

A stunning read

Daily Mail

Day confirms, if confirmation were needed, that Kennedy is a singular, superlative author. I hope that the judges of this year's Man Booker prize pay particular attention to it

Stuart Kelly, Scotland on Sunday

Kennedy does bleak the way the Russians do epic; unremittingly, awesomely and undershot with redeeming humour

Gillian Bowditch, Sunday Times

Once again, Kennedy brilliantly interweaves over-wrought internal dialogue with external outrageous acts. The unfolding tenderness of nature and of amity blend superbly with the casualness of daily horror

Catherine Taylor, Independent on Sunday

Day is more than a novel, it is an investigations into the difficulties of being alive

Eileen Battersby, Irish Times

A woman born in 1965 who writes a novel about RAF bomber crew in the second world war needs a gift for bringing history alive, as well as guts and true bravado. AL Kennedy has them all ... her narrative gift is great

Guardian

Day is a very good novel. It is largely about love, as most novels are, but the author's skill with language... makes the average cliché unique... Historical details become flesh and funny in her hand

Katy Guest, Independent

AL Kennedy has built a reputation as one of the fiercest, most bloody minded and thrilling British writers and her new novel more than backs that up... Day is an utterly engrossing read

Metro

Day is a remarkable performance

Jane Shilling, Sunday Telegraph

This is a remarkably clean lined book, of highly literary construction, that still feels huge and wide ranging. Day is a forceful, wholly achieved piece of work by a writer of enormous power. It ought to win all the prizes going

Tim Martin, Daily Telegraph

Well deserved to win the 2007 Costa book of the year award...sophisticated texture...Ms Kennedy manages to make every battle truism fresh

Economist

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  • EBook

    9781407017280

    May 1, 2010

    Vintage Digital

    288 pages

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    9780099494058

    March 3, 2008

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    288 pages

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  • Audio CD

    9781846571565

    May 15, 2008

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    RRP $32.99

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