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A Foreign Field Hardcover – Import, 2001

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'A simple and touching tale of self-sacrificing courage and love in war ! turns into a page-turning mystery and a spy story worthy of Deighton or le Carre. I loved it' The Times 'I loved "A Foreign Field", the true story of an English soldier stranded behind enemy lines ! at once a great romance, a war story, a social history and a whodunit' Sunday Telegraph 'At the simplest level this is a love story. Stirring, ambitious and profound, this is storytelling at its very best' Sunday Times 'The true story of seven British soldiers trapped behind enemy lines, with brilliant research, [Macintyre has] built a powerful picture of what life was like for the Picardy villagers who protected them. I was fascinated' Evening Standard --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Ben Macintyre is a columnist and Associate Editor on The Times. He has worked as the newspaper's correspondent in New York, Paris and Washington. He is the author of Agent Zigzag, which was shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award and the Tesco Biography of the Year at the 2008 Galaxy British Book Awards. He lives in London with his wife and three children. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS LTD; 1st Eng edition (2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0002571226
  • ISBN-13: 978-0002571227
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.5 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,125,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Darren Robinson on January 29, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is a history book that reads like a novel. During WW1, a French village - Villeret - is taken by the Germans. Several stragglers from the retreating British army decide to hide rather than surrender. Some of the villagers choose to resist the Germans in their own small way by taking care of the soldiers.

However, as weeks turn into months, the danger of being caught and the threats of punishment by the occupying German administrators increase dramatically. The villagers lose their privacy, their properties, their possessions, and finally, for some, their will to resist. The soldiers are betrayed.

After the main story is concluded, the author investigates how things unravelled and tries to discover exactly who was responsible for betraying the soldiers.

Many people would not be interested in reading about alliances of nations and huge bloody battles, therefore this book would be an ideal starting point for someone unfamiliar with this war. The setting is an uncomplicated rural region of France, and the conflicts are generally between people rather than nations or armies.
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I am half way through A Foreign Field and it seems that it is the same book as The Englishman's Daughter. sometimes the same book will have a different cover, but a different title????..Still a good book, but I feel a little taken advantage of.
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