Dover Beach

Author(s): Leslie Thomas


Summer 1940 - Dunkirk has been evacuated. Dover is inundated with young soldiers, who wearily wander its streets, wondering what the future holds in store for them. Toby Hendry, a fighter pilot, is awaiting orders when he meets Giselle, a young Frenchwoman who has fled occupied France. Can their love affair withstand the forces of war? Reserve naval commander Paul Instow has been called up to fight in a war for which he feels too old. Distracting him from his worries is Molly, a young prostitute. Their relationship is tender and happy, but is this true love? In "Dover Beach", Thomas chronicles the lives and loves of ordinary people in besieged Britain during these tense, but curiously elated days.

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Born in Newport, Monmouthshire, 1931, Leslie Thomas is the son of a sailor who was lost at sea in 1943. His boyhood in an orphanage is evoked in This Time Next Week published in 1964. At sixteen, he became a reporter, before going on to do his national service. He won worldwide acclaim with his bestselling novel The Virgin Soldiers, which has achieved international sales of over two million copies. Dover Beach is his twenty-ninth novel. In 2005, Leslie Thomas was awarded an OBE for services to literature. Leslie Thomas was awarded an OBE for services to literature in 2005.

General Fields

  • : 9780099478645
  • : Cornerstone
  • : Arrow Books Ltd
  • : 0.21
  • : July 2006
  • : 178mm X 110mm X 25mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Leslie Thomas
  • : Paperback
  • : New edition
  • : 823.914
  • : 400