Nevil Shute’s classic Second World War novel is an uplifting, satisfying and moving story.
John Howard is determined to brighten up his old age by taking a fishing trip to France. However, during his stay the Nazis invade and he is forced to try to escape back to England with the two small children of some friends who must stay behind to help the Allied war effort. As the conflict grows closer, the roads become impassable and Howard also comes across five more children who need his help. He ends up leading this motley group of youngsters through the French countryside, constantly beset by danger yet heroically protecting his charges.
WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY JOHN BOYNE
'A very good writer...simple, elegant and readable...a fantastic story' Jonathan Coe
"Mr Shute not only writes vividly and excitingly of occupied France, but with a delightful understanding of children"
"Exhibits his talents at their provocative best"
From John Boyne to Jan Carson, here are four books the Penguin Ireland team can’t wait to start reading this Spring.
John Boyne’s A Ladder to the Sky tells a timely tale of the lies, ambition and manipulation of a ruthless writer with great talent but no imagination. Maurice Swift, a would-be author who befriends an older novelist to further his career is the main character. Here, John Boyne introduces an extract by explaining his motivation.