- Paperback: 268 pages
- Publisher: Wexford College Press (November 11, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1929148224
- ISBN-13: 978-1929148226
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,132,665 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Author
Harry's War is a work of fiction although some of Harry's war-related experiences are real. Most of these have been embellished to make them more exciting. Characters and schools are imaginary, and any resemblance to reality is coincidental. It is emphasized that incidents depicted as occurring at Markham College are entirely fictitious. This is the first book in a trilogy, the sequels being Another Kind of War and The Iceland Connection, both published by Tarbutton Press, 2006.
Every effort has been made to verify the chronology of World War II events that impacted on the story, but the author's recollections of some, as well as details of the British educational system at the time, may not be accurate -- it was, after all, a long time ago.
It has taken several years to find a publisher for Harry's War, and throughout that time my family and friends gave me the strongest support. In particular, I would like to mention the following: Chris Balston, Robynn Clairday, Vickie Galante, Marianne Greathouse, Nancy Mehl and Lauran Strait.
About the Author
David Edward Bradley's fascination with foreign places comes naturally. Conceived on the Dark Continent in the British Colony of Nigeria, where his father worked as a surveyor, he grew up in England during the 1930s. His most vivid childhood memory was seeing the menacing shadow of the Graff Zeppelin floating among the clouds, a portent of things to come.
When he was only four years old, his mother joined her husband in Africa. They were stranded there during much of the Second World War, leaving him with his grandmother. In 1943, his parents returned to England and David moved on to Public School where the privations of daily life and the VI flying bombs left their mark.
Mr. Bradley admits that his early career as a Research Physicist came about through an aptitude for repairing intricate mechanisms and a timely job at a laboratory engaged in the exciting new field of Electron Microscopy. After several years of ground-breaking research, he gained his MSc and PhD degrees in Microbiology at the University of Edinburgh, satisfying his wanderlust by participating in scientific expeditions and conferences around the globe.
In 1974, Dr. Bradley emigrated to Canada where he worked at Memorial University of Newfoundland. There, at the easternmost edge of North America where the passage of years is marked by the southward migration of icebergs from Greenland, he continued his research in Microbiology. After retiring in 1995, D. Edward Bradley now devotes his time to writing fiction at his home in Kingston, Ontario.
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Being forced to carry around a gas mask when traveling and enduring occasional air raid sirens has become a normal routine, but the war isn't the only thing Harry has to fear. His first year at Markham introduces him to harsh corporal punishment at the hands of a sadistic perfect and an unsympathetic housemaster. Canings are regularly doled out to those caught breaking the rules. It doesn't take long for Harry to learn trepidation and violence permeate this closed society, but his close comradeship with a few fellow students makes life bearable in this virtual prison camp.
After enduring several turbulent years, the seeds of first love are planted when Harry meets a female student at nearby Westbury Manor. Unfortunately, obstacles exist that will test their relationship. By May 1944, danger increases for the area when Germany launches pilotless bombs called V1s over all of Southern England. Throughout the summer, sightings of these machines increase followed by deadly consequences. Lives will be lost, while others sustain life-altering injuries.
Author D. Edward Bradley has written a superb coming-of-age tale. At times, I was transfixed by this story. Readers are witness to Harry's growth from a child to a man within the span of the novel. This is a must read for anyone wanting to learn about life in England during World War II. I would also recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading a well-written story depicting the power of love and loyalty.
As the war rages, Harry and his friends must contend with the rigors of higher education, harsh corporal punishment by both prefects and headmaster while understanding the emotions stirred within them by the females from the local all girls school. Harry soon stumbles into love with a girl named Jenny. Throwing caution to the wind he breaks school rules and jeopardizes his own life to be with her.
Will his newly found love last? Will he survive the abuse of Markham College only to become a casualty of war as German bombs fall from the sky?
The intense realism of "Harry's War" is evident throughout the book. Author D. Edward Bradley does a superb job of controlling the flow of this marvelous tale by easing the action with both humor and sadness. His use of drama, joy, despair and fear makes "Harry's War" tangible for readers. You feel the emotions the characters feel; you see, in your mind, what they see.
Bradley's writing is as refreshing as a cold drink of water on a hot day. His development of the characters is handled with such care. The kids grow and become adults right before your eyes. Bradley uses few words to describe the setting but it is the exact amount needed to paint a vivid picture.
"Harry's War" is a gem hidden in the mass of books that are rarely discovered. If you love romance, action, strife, perseverance and well written prose I highly recommend "Harry's War."
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prefects. Harry's father is stationed in North Africa and his mother works night shift at a munitions factory far from Markham so parental support and protection is out of the question. Young Harry must learn to face difficult situations on his own. With humor and determination born of courage, Harry and his friends survive four years at Markham despite grim conditions. When Harry falls in love, that joyous
circumstance is also marred by difficulty. Whether danger, corporal punishment, love, or sorrow, Harry faces life head on with dignity and strength.
Mr. Bradley does a fine job of capturing an era in this well written book.
I wholeheartedly recommend this first chronicle of the Harry Lockwood series of books. It, along with the other 3 novels in the series, offers a fascinating glimpse into the world or war as seen through the eyes of a young man.
If you missed it in paperback when it first appeared years ago, I urge you to read it on your Kindle. You won't be disappointed.