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On Park Crescent, Geoffrey and Evelyn Beaumont and their eight-year-old son, Philip, anxiously await news of the expected enemy landing on the beaches of Brighton. Geoffrey becomes Superintendent of the enemy alien camp at the far reaches of town, while Philip is gripped by the rumour that Hitler will make Brighton's Royal Pavilion his English HQ.
Publisher: London :, Hamish Hamilton, an imprint of Penguin Books,, 2013
ISBN: 9780143190813
Branch Call Number: Online eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Aug 12, 2018

There are lots of things that explode in this page-turner of a novel, especially the relationships between Geoffrey, Evelyn and Otto, and between Phillip and his friends, Orson and Tubby. All the explosions are over things that seem inconsequential or unimportant, but, to paraphrase what the narrator says at one point, evil is mundane, not monstrous.

And there were the things that were left unexploded.

I was drawn into this powerful story of changing relationships in Brighton during WWII, and I couldn't put it down. I highly recommend it.

Mar 04, 2017

This novel has some good elements, but overall it does not work. The anti-Semitism of the British is certainly a theme. However, some plot elements are contrived and some narrative strains superfluous.

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