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Author: John Preston
Publisher: London : Viking, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"It's the summer of 1939, and Britain is preparing for war. In London there are evening air-raid drills, and trenches are being dug across Hyde Park. Even in sleepy Suffolk preparations are afoot: soon there will be huge barrage balloons floating above the Deben Estuary, unlikely barriers to German aircraft." "But above the river, in the farmland around Sutton House, a different kind of battle is taking place - one  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Historical fiction
Fiction
General fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Preston, John, 1953-
Dig.
London : Viking, 2007
(OCoLC)607657549
Online version:
Preston, John, 1953-
Dig.
London : Viking, 2007
(OCoLC)608174695
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Preston
ISBN: 9780670914913 0670914916
OCLC Number: 77540876
Description: 230 pages ; 24 cm
Responsibility: John Preston.

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In the long hot summer of 1939, Britain is preparing for war. But on a riverside farm in Suffolk, there is excitement of another kind: Mrs Petty, the widowed farmer, has had her hunch proved correct  Read more...

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