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A Foreign Field

A Foreign Field (Paperback)

By Macintyre, Ben

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A wartime romance, survival saga and murder mystery set in rural France during the First World War, from the bestselling author of 'Operation Mincemeat' and 'Agent Zig-Zag'. Four young British soldiers find themselves trapped behind enemy lines at the height of the fighting on th...e Western front in August 1914; unable to get back to their units, they shelter in the tiny French village of Villeret. Living in daily fear of capture and execution, they are fed, clothed and protected by the villagers including the local matriarch, Madame Dessenne, the baker and his wife. The self-styled leader of the band of fugitives, Private Robert Digby, falls in love with the twenty-year-old-daughter of one of his protectors and in November 1915, with war waging a few miles away, she gives birth to a baby girl. The child is just six months old when someone betrays the men to the Germans. They are captured, tried as spies and summarily condemned to death. Using the testimonies of the daughter, the villagers, detailed town hall records and most movingly -- the soldiers' last letters -- Ben Macintyre reconstructs an extraordinarily story of love, duplicity and shame -- ultimately seeking to discover through decades of village rumour the answer to the question, 'Who betrayed Private Digby and his men?' In this new updated edition the mystery is finally solved.
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ISBN 9780007395262
Released NZ 30 Jul 2010
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Format Paperback
Indent title (internationally sourced), allow 8-12 weeks

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ISBN-13 9780007395262
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), allow 8-12 weeks
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Imprint HarperPress
Released 30 Jul 2010
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Macintyre, Ben
Category True Stories: War / Combat / Elite Forces
World History: First World War
European History
Military History
Battles & Campaigns
Number of Pages 320
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 20mm
Dewey Code 940.4
Weight 240g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress World War, 1914-1918 - France - Villeret Aisne, World War, 1914-1918 - Biography - Missing in action - Great Britain, World War, 1914-1918 - Biography - Prisoners and prisons, German, Prisoners of war - Biography - Great Britain, Missing in action
NBS Text True Military / Combat Stories
ONIX Text General/trade