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That Quiet Earth (Electronic book text)
That Quiet Earth (Electronic book text): Bruce Fellows
That Quiet Earth (Electronic book text): Bruce Fellows

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Bruce Fellows

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That Quiet Earth combines a heartbreaking love story with a stunningly accurate portrait of life as a pilot during the Great War. George Bridge has a secret that he doesn't want to carry to his grave; a wrong he did a lifetime ago that he must confess. A newspaper story about the sale of the Victoria Cross won by his friend Billy Love in 1918 sends him back to the time when any moment could have been his last; when he lived life at a pitch he never again experienced; the time when he flew in France with the RAF. That Quiet Earth gives a stunning portrait of the life led by pilots of single-seater scout aircraft on the Western Front and of the physical and psychological stresses they suffered. Daily, George and Billy climb into their wood and canvas biplanes and without oxygen fly up to two thirds the height of Everest. There are no parachutes and therefore no escape from a burning or crippled aeroplane and death might appear around any cloud or at any moment announce its presence with bullets from an unseen enemy. Back on earth, their next flight into danger is always threatening. George (Grammar school) and Billy (Eton) have entirely different backgrounds but both are scout pilots and both are absurdly young for the job they are doing. Back home, their families wait for them and Jessica waits for Billy. Then Billy flies into history to become a hero and everything changes. That Quiet Earth is about fear, betrayal and guilt, but above all it is a love story. Bruce Fellows lives in Bristol. He has written many pieces for performance and his play Rabbit Ears, about army wives and the Afghan War, was produced by Theatre West in 2010. He has had a lifelong interest in early aviation. That Quiet Earth is his first published novel.


Imprint: Matador
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: May 2012
Authors: Bruce Fellows
Format: Electronic book text
Pages: 240
ISBN-13: 978-1-78088-765-4
Barcode: 9781780887654
Categories: Books
LSN: 1-78088-765-5

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