There are those who will think of this story as a tale from history; to others it will seem that it happened only yesterday
At the start of the war in 1939 James Bevan is a junior officer approaching middle-age, attached to a small anti-aircraft unit on the south coast.
Abandoned by his wife, the soldiers he command are his family: Bairnsfather, whose sexual encounters with his girl friend Muriel take place in an air-raid shelter; Cartwright, trying to keep two women on his gunner's pay of a shilling a day; Hignet, cosily educating himself in the orderly room. It is a rude awakening when they are called upon for the real war.
Hugely absorbing, rich and rewarding, Other Times brims with history and experience, love, sorrow and humour.
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“Thomas has the rare ability to recreate the very sounds and smells and atmosphere of a long-lost world... One of the most satisfying reads in years”
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“Thomas, as ever, tells a cracking yarn”
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