War Crimes for the Home

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Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2003 - World War, 1939-1945 - 240 pages
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`You know what they say about GIs and English girls' knickers, one Yank and they're off.'

When Gloria met Ron, he was an American pilot who thought nothing of getting hit by shrapnel in the cockpit. She was working in a munitions factory in Bristol during the Blitz, but still found time to grab what she wanted. Ciggies. Sex. American soldiers. But war has an effect on people. Gloria did all sorts of things she wouldn't normally do - evil things, some of them - because she might be dead tomorrow. Or someone might. Now, fifty years on, it's payback time. In her old folks home, Gloria is forced to remember the real truth about her and Ron, and confront a secret at the heart of her dramatic home front story.

A savagely funny, bittersweet story about love and heartbreak during wartime; this is Liz Jensen writing as never before.

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User Review  - cathymoore - LibraryThing

This is Gloria's story, told to us in flashbacks and glimmers of suppressed memories from her chair in her old folks home. Gloria is one of the best characters in a book that I have ever come across and her story is in turns both hilarious and heartbreaking. Highly recommended. Read full review

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User Review  - birdy47 - LibraryThing

I loved this book. It's the third Liz Jensen book I've read now and I love her quirkiness, her characters really draw you in. Will be looking for more in the library. Read full review

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About the author (2003)

Born in Oxfordshire, Liz has lived and worked in Hong Kong, Taiwan and France as a journalist, radio producer and sculptor. She lives in London. Her most recent novel is The Ninth Life of Louis Drax. Film rights have been bought by Miramax- Anthony Minghella will adapt and direct the movie. War Crimes for the Home was longlisted forThe Orange Prize for Fiction and she was shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Award for her second book Ark Baby.

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