A Week in May 1940 & the Pencilled Message

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Carole McEntee-Taylor, Nov 3, 2011 - Fiction - 450 pages
When Ted asked Brenda to marry him during his Christmas 1939 leave he had no way of knowing how long it would be before the wedding would actually take place. Sent to France as part of Calais Force Ted endures some of the heaviest fighting of the war before finally being taken prisoner. But his ordeal is just beginning as the Germans force march them across Europe with little food and water, casual brutality never far from the surface. Meanwhile Brenda has no idea Ted has even left the country until she begins treating wounded wearing the same regimental insignia as Ted. Frantic with worry she has no way of knowing if he has survived the heroic last stand in Calais. Realising Brenda has no idea whether he is alive or dead Ted hatches a plan to let her know he has survived. Enter Marcel, a young Frenchman trying to find his missing brother, whose escape from Europe places him in Ted's path. Whilst the details of Ted's plan are real, the circumstances and story of how it succeeded are unknown and can only be guessed. The romantic in me would love to think it was someone like Marcel who came to his aid. The Cat & The Nightingale Saga is the docu-drama version of 'The Weekend Trippers', the true story of Rifleman Ted Taylor's war. Written in several volumes The Cat & The Nightingale Saga is based on the diaries and conversations of both Ted and Brenda, and continues throughout the war. 'A Week in May 1940' is the first book and 'The Pencilled Message' is the second. Whilst these are available separately on kindle, I am conscious that print is more expensive so I have combined the first two volumes into one for the print version.
 

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Contents

Prologue Pg
1
Monday 21st May Ted Suffolk England Pg
4
Monday 21st May Brenda Lambeth Pg
23
Monday 21st May Marcel France Pg
37
Tuesday 22nd May Ted Is it France? Pg
48
Tuesday 22nd May Brenda Life on the Pg
63
Tuesday 22nd May Marcel Leaving Home Pg
75
Wednesday 23rd May Ted Across the Pg
88
The Signal Pad Pg
242
How do I tell Lou? Pg
254
A Matter of Honour Pg
269
The Weekend Trippers Pg
277
Dunkirk Pg
291
Running out of Options Pg
302
Raus Raus Pg
309
A Few Moments Peace Pg
318

Wednesday 23rd May Marcel To Dunkirk Pg
115
Thursday 24th May Ted Calais Pg
127
Thursday 24th May Brenda Life Goes On Pg
142
Thursday 24th May Marcel Almost There Pg
152
Friday 25th May Ted Time Is Running Out Pg
163
Friday 25th May Brenda Is This The Beginning? Pg
176
Saturday 26th May Ted Surrender Pg
200
Where is Ted? Pg
221
Atrocity Pg
231
Time to tell the Truth Pg
329
Dead Men Walking Pg
341
We Will Find Each Other Again Pg
358
Threat of Invasion Pg
373
Stalag XX2 Pg
390
New Beginnings Pg
410
News At Last Pg
428
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Carole McEntee-Taylor works in the Military Corrective Training Centre, the UK Forces only remaining detention centre and is currently writing a book about its history. She is also the author of The Weekend Trippers and A Second in Time.Carole lives in Essex with her husband David, ex Royal Green Jacket (KRRC) and TA 71 Yeomanry Signals Regt (V) and a rather ancient and slightly deaf Border Collie called Reubin.

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