Dunkirk Spirit

Rated 5.00/5 based on 5 reviews
The British may define themselves with the words ‘Dunkirk Spirit’ yet remarkably this is the first novel ever published telling the full true story of the evacuation in the early months of the Second World War.
For the first time, best-selling author and journalist Alan Pearce tells the incredible story of personal sacrifice and bravery both on the home front and in the front line. More

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Agented by alanpearce.com
Words: 195,800
Language: English
ISBN: 9781458110787


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The German invasion of France and the Low Countries in the summer of 1940 caught the British Expeditionary Force by surprise. With their backs to the sea, 400,000 Allied troops were trapped. Their only escape via the French port of Dunkirk. This is the story of the men and women who rescued an army and turned the tide of World War II.

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Review by: Philip Balency on June 03, 2011 :
My grandfather was taken off the beach from one of the British destroyers and taken to England so I have often wondered what it was like for him. I saw the film Week-end à Zuydcoote which gives a French perspective and I also saw the British film Dunkirk, which I felt was rather bland. This book really opened my eyes. The detail is not over-worked but somehow you feel and smell the terrible events. It is difficult for movies to really portray a story like this, even with CGI today, because it is so vast but the author here has done a good job of making you feel as if you were actually there. This is the sort of book that I will continue to dip into for years. Having read this at incredible speed I feel now that I want to go back and pay more attention to the individuals.
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)

Review by: Wynton Smith on June 03, 2011 :
I read a lot of historical books, both factual and fiction, and this one scores on both levels. This is not a dull explanation of Operation Dynamo, it’s a fast-paced race to get the boys back. Although this is a long read, it is worth it because you get to see events from all sides as you switch among a small group of main characters. One minute you are with the Coldstream guards fighting a bloody rear-guard, the next you are having tea and cake served up at a railway station, or flying a dodgy old Hurricane into a swarm of Messerschmitts. This is one hell of a story well told and I was surprised to learn that this is the first novel all about the evacuation. Top marks!
(reviewed 67 days after purchase)

Review by: Tim Gullman on June 01, 2011 :
I have just finished reading this on my iPhone and it was great. This is the first book I’ve read this way and was surprised just how easily the pages flicked by. I felt the author’s portrayal of the time and place was good and in places it had me really worked up. This is quite a roller-coaster of a read. I should add that his understanding of the working of the Royal Navy of the period is excellent with just the right tone of the officers and the gritty hard work of the ratings.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)

Review by: Charles Godfry-Burns on May 30, 2011 :
This is a real tour-de-force. Great fast paced writing. Sorry to have finished it!
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)

Review by: Lauren Williams on May 30, 2011 :
What I loved most about this book – aside from the ever-increasing pace – were the female characters, especially Kitty. I guess this is what makes this book work for me – the fact that this isn’t just about soldiers or sailors but lets you see how it all affected the civilians and how, from calm beginnings, it turned into a mad rush to get everyone back. I also found it unbearably sad in places but it did leave me with a big smile, and the images and the people stayed with me for a long time after. This one really gets my recommendation.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)

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