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Their Finest Hour and a Half

Now a major film starring Gemma Arterton and Bill Nighy

By Lissa Evans

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Format: Paperback, 416 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 December 2009
In 1940, every draft of every film script had to be approved by the Ministry of Information. Cast and crew were waiting to be called up at any moment, travel was restricted and filming was interrupted by regular bombing raids. And so it is that we find a disparate group of characters whose paths would never have crossed in peacetime- Ambrose Hilliard, a washed up old ham from the golden era of silent movies; Catrin Cole, formerly an advertising copywriter drafted in to write women for the Ministry of Information; Edith Beadmore, a wardrobe assistant at Madame Tussauds; and Arthur Frith, peacetime catering manager turned wartime Special Military Advisor. This distinct group find themselves thrown together in the wilds of Norfolk to do their bit on the latest propaganda film a heart-warming tale of derring do, of two sisters who set out in a leaking old wooden boat to rescue the brave men trapped at Dunkirk. All completely fabricated, of course, but what does that matter when the nation s morale is at s

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A black comedy about the making of a propaganda film in World War II, perfect for fans of Kate Atkinson

About the Author

After a brief career in medicine, and an even briefer one in stand-up, Lissa Evans became a comedy producer, first in radio and then in television. She co-created Room 101 with Nick Hancock, produced Father Ted and co-produced and directed The Kumars at Number 42. She lives in north London.

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"[Lissa Evans] displays a fine eye for detail and for the absurdities involved in filming. She also brilliantly evokes the disruption and dangers of wartime London. This funny, heart-warming and beautifully crafted novel is a must-read" * Daily Mail * "Beautifully written, minutely observed and researched, evocative and very funny tale" -- Michele Hanson * Guardian * "Comic, poignant and altogether delightful, raised spirits are guaranteed" * Easy Living * "This is a comic novel, but far warmer in tone and broader in scope than that label would suggest...Gloriously observed...Hilliard is a wonderful creation - and Evans's recreated propaganda scripts are a total joy. Delicious" * The Times * "Pitch-perfect in tone and populated by some unforgettable characters, Lissa Evans's blackly comic new novel is a delight" * The Gloss Magazine *

EAN: 9780552774710
ISBN: 0552774715
Publisher: Black Swan
Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.7 x 2.6 centimetres (0.20 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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