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The good pilot Peter Woodhouse : a wartime romance

Author: Alexander McCall Smith
Publisher: Edinburgh : Polygon, 2017.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Val was working as a land girl when the Americans arrived at the nearby airfield in 1944. Mike, a young American airman, came into her life soon after, and so too did Peter Wodehouse, a dog badly treated on a neighbouring farm and taken in by her aunt. Little persuasion was needed for Mike to take Peter Wodehouse to the airbase and over time he became the mascot of the American squad, flying with them whenever  Read more...
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Genre/Form: War stories
Historical fiction
Fiction
War fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alexander McCall Smith
ISBN: 9781846974090 1846974097
OCLC Number: 1013964714
Description: 247 pages ; 23 cm
Responsibility: Alexander McCall Smith.

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"Val was working as a land girl when the Americans arrived at the nearby airfield in 1944. Mike, a young American airman, came into her life soon after, and so too did Peter Wodehouse, a dog badly treated on a neighbouring farm and taken in by her aunt. Little persuasion was needed for Mike to take Peter Wodehouse to the airbase and over time he became the mascot of the American squad, flying with them whenever their Mosquitoes took to the skies. When their plane is shot down over Holland both Mike and Peter Wodehouse are feared lost. But unknown to their loved ones at home, Mike and Peter Wodehouse survived the crash. Taken in by the Dutch resistance and with the help of Ubi, a German officer, the pair to remain in hiding till the end of the war when they are reunited with Val. We then follow Val, Mike and Peter Wodehouse as they rebuild a life in England. And Ubi as he returns to Germany at the end of the war and tries to build a new life for himself. His dream is to run a Wall of Death, a circus ring that pitts motorcyclists against gravity as they attempt to stay upright at ever increasing speed ..."--Publisher's description.

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'Delicately balances the desperate tragedies of war time with the warmth of seeing people living their everyday lives through and after the war. I devoured this far too quickly! A lovely cosying-up Read more...

 
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