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In 1942, Charlotte Gray, a young scottish woman, goes to Occupied France on a dual mission - officially, to run an apparently simple errand for a British special operations group and unofficially, to search for her lover, an English airman who has gone missing in action. In the small town of Lavaurette, Sebastian Faulks presents a microcosm of France and its agony in 'the black years'. Here is the full range of collaboration, from the tacit to the enthusiastic, as well as examples of extraordinary courage and altruism. Through the local resistance chief Julien, Charlotte meets his father, a Jewish painter whose inspiration has failed him. In a series of shocking narrative climaxes in which the full extent of French collusion in the Nazi holocaust is delineated, Faulks brings the story to a resolution of redemptive love. In the delicacy of its writing, the intimacy of its characterisation and its powerful narrative scenes of harrowing public events, Charlotte Gray is a worthy successor to Birdsong.

Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Vintage Publishing Publication Date: 01/05/1999 ISBN-13: 9780099394310  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Sebastian Faulks was born and brought up in Newbury, Berkshire. He worked in journalism before starting to write books. He is best known for the French trilogy, The Girl at the Lion d'Or, Birdsong and Charlotte Gray (1989-1997) and is also the author of a triple biography, The Fatal Englishman (1996); a small book of literary parodies, Pistache (2006); and the novels Human Traces (2005) and Engleby (2007). He lives in London with his wife and their three children.

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In 1942, Charlotte Gray, an ordinary young Scottish woman, is dropped into Occupied France on a vital mission: officially, to run a simple errand for a British special operations group, and unofficially to search for her lover, Peter, an English RAF pilot missing in action.

The France she remembers from her youth is unrecognisable. Some greet the occupying Nazis with joy – others with utter terror. Charlotte forms a close bonds with Resistance member Julien and his artist father Levade. Unable to find Peter, Charlotte decides to stay on in France. She is drawn into helping Julien hide two small Jewish boys, Andre and Jacob, who's parents have been murdered in the death camps of Nazi Europe. If they are caught, the boys will surely be 'deported to the East'....

This is a beautiful book. The detail is outstanding: occupied France leaps right off the page. If you enjoyed Birdsong, this is a must-read.

Charlotte

Bristol Cabot Circus Bookstore - 22/09/2015

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