Winner of the 2007 Costa Book Award
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...
Praise for Day
A stunning readDaily 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 itStuart Kelly, Scotland on Sunday
Kennedy does bleak the way the Russians do epic; unremittingly, awesomely and undershot with redeeming humourGillian 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 horrorCatherine Taylor, Independent on Sunday
Day is more than a novel, it is an investigations into the difficulties of being aliveEileen 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 greatGuardian
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 handKaty 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 readMetro
Day is a remarkable performanceJane 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 goingTim 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 freshEconomist