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“Tragic, gut-wrenching and uplifting”

Dunkirk Spirit (Dun-kûrk Spi-rit) Triumph in the face of adversity. Backs-to-the-wall belligerence. Courage, especially a determination to endure hardship, when facing odds, disaster, etc. Refusal to surrender.

Wot! No Dunkirk Novels ‘til now?

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.
     Drawing on personal accounts and official histories, he dispels the common myths and gives a harrowing perspective of a great defeat and subsequent miracle seen through the eyes of ordinary people in extraordinary times.
     Pearce paints a remarkable picture of life in the early days of the war with an island facing invasion while its army lay trapped on the shores of France.
     Dunkirk Spirit shocks with its stark depiction of war and yet is rich in humour, tapping deep into the British character. 
     Heart warming and compelling, this is a book that raises the spirits, and begs the question could we ever do it again?

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© ALAN PEARCE, JULY 2011

Simply WOW!
By Caryl J Bohn
I wish I had no other words but "WOW", but then it wouldn't be much of a review, now would it? While a long book, based on historical data, this novel brings it down to a personal level, recounting events through the web of interlacing soldiers. This is one I simply could not put down. The more and more dire the situation became in the final chapters, the faster and faster I found myself reading. It was as if by reading faster, I could somehow save the characters from their dire predicament. To anyone wanting facts, figures, and strategy of Dunkirk, pick up an encyclopaedia. For anyone wishing to get the boots on the sand feel of the place, get this book.

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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.
   Prepared defences were soon over-run as the Nazi Blitzkrieg raced towards the coast.
   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 Two.