Louis de Bernières is the master of historical fiction that makes you both laugh and cry, in the perfect nostalgic read to escape with this autumn.
Is it ever too late to change your story?
Daniel Pitt was an RAF fighter in the First World War and an espionage agent for the SOE in the Second. Now the conflicts he faces are closer to home.
Daniel's marriage has fractured beyond repair and Daniel's relationship with his son, Bertie, has been a failure since Bertie was a small boy. But after his brother Archie's death, Daniel is keen for new perspectives. He first travels to Peshawar to bury Archie in the place he loved best, and then finds himself in Canada, avoiding his family and friends back in England. But some bonds are hard to break. Daniel and Bertie's different experiences of war, although devastating, also bring with them the opportunity for the two to reconnect.
If only they can find a way to move on from the past.
'De Bernieres is a singular, cherishable voice.' Mail on Sunday
Both heart-warming and heart-wrenching, this novel will captivate the senses and make you laugh as well as cry. Brimming with incredible, quirky characters and beautiful, lyrical writing, The Autumn of the Ace is the ideal book for lovers of historical fiction
An epic, touching book about what love can do. It's heartening stuff... If you wish to mark the drawing in of winter evenings with something romantic, adventurous, well researched and engrossing - a story full of life and warmth and also a robust philosophy of love and redemption - then de Bernières is, as ever, your man.
Richly interwoven... [The Autumn of the Ace is] very successful, partly because of the range of different perspectives and partly thanks to De Bernières deprecating humour and sharp observation
A charming, old-fashioned read - just the novel for a spell in lockdown
Moving...As in his previous novels, De Bernières is an exceptional letter writer
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