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Beneath Another Sun [Kindle Edition]

Robert Radcliffe
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Robert Radcliffe writes: “In 2000 I began work on what would become a trilogy of books about World War II. Loosely set in 1943, the novels would feature some overlapping characters and locations, yet tell the stories of three very different aspects of the conflict: the air war over Europe, the Battle of the Atlantic, and the fall of Singapore and subsequent treatment of prisoners in the jungles of Thailand.

The first two books: Under An English Heaven and Upon Dark Waters were released on schedule in 2002 and 2004 respectively. The third however, Beneath Another Sun, was turned down by the publishers for being ‘too grim’ and ‘not commercial enough’. Reluctant to re-write it, the manuscript remained in my desk seven years while I worked on other projects. Recently I took it out, re-read it, and following minimal revision am now proud to offer it in e-book format.

Beneath Another Sun tells the harrowing story of a young pilot’s odyssey, from RAF recruiting office in Middlesex to the living nightmare of the Burma-Thailand railway. It is also a tale of courage, redemption and love.”

‘Radcliffe is not just a born storyteller, but one of those generous writers who look for the best in human nature.’ Sunday Telegraph

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 504 KB
  • Print Length: 275 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007V1QJ1A
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #89,278 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Robert Radcliffe's real name is Robert Mawson. He was born and educated in London where he worked at various jobs until talking his way into an editorial job on a yachting magazine. From there he worked in journalism and advertising '. . . gradually learning the ropes while trying to write my own stuff at home'. In the 1980s he took up flying then spent ten years as a commercial pilot, working all over the world, while still working on writing projects in his own time.

In 1991 Robert returned home to form his own PR consultancy, and work on book-writing projects. His first novel, A SHIP CALLED HOPE, was published under the Mawson name in 1994. In 1997 he sold his house and business and moved to a borrowed cottage in France to try and write full time. The result was THE LAZARUS CHILD, a book that sold more than a million copies worldwide and was translated into over twenty languages. In 2004 it was made into a movie starring Andy Garcia and Angela Bassett.

Success enabled Robert to become a full-time writer. In 2002 he published UNDER AN ENGLISH HEAVEN, under the pen-name Robert Radcliffe, the story of an American bomber base in Suffolk during World War II. UNDER AN ENGLISH HEAVEN was a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller and has sold more than 160,000 copies to date. This was followed by UPON DARK WATERS in 2004, ACROSS THE BLOOD-RED SKIES in 2009, DAMBUSTER in 2011, and BENEATH ANOTHER SUN in 2012.

Robert and his wife Kate, a teacher, live in Suffolk.

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4.8 out of 5 stars
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Grim but good 26 May 2012
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I am glad that Robert Radcliffe made this novel available directly even though it was apparently rejected by his publishers as being a grim read. It is not for the faint hearted but on the other hand there is very little fiction that tackles the dreadful events surrounding the lives of captured allied POWs by the Japanese forces in WWII (I can only think of 'King Rat' by James Clavell and 'Empire of the Sun' by J G Ballard). I thought the only weakness was in parts of the book set in Bletchley park where there are some factual errors but I suspect these were made to weave in the fabric of the narrative. I found myself very engrossed in the story and rather like his earlier work, especially Upon Dark Waters, I suspect I will think about it often for some time. Well worth owning a Kindle for and a good enough reason is to proverbially poke the stupid wannabees who work in publishing in the eye!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Please give this a try! 27 May 2012
By Mick15
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I have not entered into reviewing before however I felt strongly enough to endorse this book simply because it is currently only available on kindle after the publishers rejected a gem.
The subject matter can be indeed be grim but the thread that hangs the story together is timeless. Good, ordinary, believable people dealing with the extraordinarily difficult. So difficult that it would be unbelievable were it not based upon actual historical events. The way in which the tale is unfolded is masterly; both suspenseful and poignant. I was touched and saddened at several points.
I have read both of the companion books;- Under an English Heaven and Upon Dark Waters. This book is at least as good. It is definitely a worthy addition given that you will find the many reviewers of the previous books have given them both high praise. Please read this one too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another masterpiece 21 Jun. 2012
By tommyr
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As with Radcliffe's other two novels set during WW2, this is a novel about people and not a simple shoot-up-the-enemy page turner. That it deals with horrific subject matter in detail often all but unbearable to read is brave, but as one of the characters says it is important for the world to know what went on in the Far East. It is also a novel about how the most dire of circumstances can bring redemption as it does for Phillip Darke the doctor. The two strands of the story are, as ever, woven together in masterly fashion, with a great deal of authentic period detail, both in the military aspect and on the home front. What Radcliffe does with consummate skill though is make us care about his characters and desperate to know what becomes of them. I love this man's work, and cannot recommend it too highly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgetable 6 Sept. 2012
By Gandalf
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I have read all of Robert Radcliffe's books now and this one did not disappoint me. In some ways it highlighted that the war took place beyond Europe and that the suffering of all allied troops as POW's of the Japanese was unbelieveably harrowing(and probably stayed with the survivors until they died). The detail was up there with Birdsong.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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You do have to wonder about publishers sometimes!
Robert Radcliffe seems able to bring alive the people of the second world war generation in a way that few others can. There is a sadness and wisdom throughout the 1943 trilogy that stays with you after the last page has been turned. Beneath Another Sun links three diverse characters and situations, twining them together until the ultimate design is clear. There is an overall mood of sadness and wisdom colouring the narrative, as in the other books in the trilogy, and violence, when it occurs, can be sudden and shocking while the domestic passages are charming and (sometimes surprisingly) compelling.
No hesitation in strongly recommending this book but I would suggest that it is read as part of the trilogy
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Superb Book From Robert Radcliffe 25 Dec. 2012
By pasykes
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Another Superb Book From Robert Radcliffe: the publishers wouldn't touch this because of the subject matter - big mistake; as per normal Robert Radcliffe has crafted a page turning narrative, whilst at the same time reminding / educating the reader about a piece of history that shouldn't be forgotten. At his best this author has the ability to transport you to a time & place in history, whilst delivering an enjoyable novel that is hard to put down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 1 Oct. 2012
By Wayward
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After hearing that this book had been rejected by the publishers I was a little hesitant about reading it, but having enjoyed "Under an English Heaven" and "Upon Dark Waters", thought perhaps I'd give it a go. I'm very glad I did. I was completely hooked from the first to last page.
It is a very powerful story, very sensitively told.
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Like his other WW 2 books this one helps you understand a little of what it must have been like for the men and women who lived through it. This book tells the story of Tom who becomes a Hurricane pilot and how he ended up Singapore just before the Japanese invasion and his experiences as a prisoner of war. It isn't enjoyable read! But most people know by know by now what to expect. There assassin stories about his girl friend Jenny and another about the doctor who was sent into the camp to organise their repatriation.

It is incredible how much people can withstand and shows what any one of us could do if it was really necessary, and makes you appreciate what these poor men went through.

I found the book very moving. I will remember it always.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
I've read all his works and thoroughly enjoyed all including this one -would recommend highly. Yes it covers a difficult subject with lots of detail but then it should.
Published 3 months ago by D. JTattersall
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly brilliant book; moving
Truly brilliant book; moving, disturbing, upsetting, inspiring. Robert Ratcliffe weaves the characters into your heart and you find yourself continually rooting for them to come... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Book Worm
3.0 out of 5 stars Stamina required!
This is the last of an unconnected trilogy by Robert Radcliffe. A WW2 love story, concerning a Hurricane pilot, with some good aerial action. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Rod Hunt
5.0 out of 5 stars REAL
Utterly compelling its a rollercoaster of reality. No stones left unturned you are taken on a journey through a harrowing aspect of WW2. It is not for the fainthearted. Read more
Published 10 months ago by DB
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. Finished too soon
Excellent. Finished too soon!
Published 14 months ago by blank
5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable read
I found this book a bit complicated to follow, it jumps back and forth, but once you get into it, it is a very good read, but some shocking things that are hard to understand.
Published 14 months ago by Harry Dell
4.0 out of 5 stars A worthwhile read.
As with all Robert Radcliffe 2nd World War stories has an authentic feel about it with good interlocking story lines. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Michael Foster
5.0 out of 5 stars too grim? maybe...great story..yes
I think this the best of his books..I have enjoyed his other stories but this one is a true love story and also one of the
grimmest stories I have read made worse by the basis... Read more
Published 16 months ago by A. J. Sudworth
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
A very exiting book, well written and hard to put down book which I really enjoyed and would rate this author as very good
Published 20 months ago by goldie 159
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling read
This deserves mainstream publishing as well as ebook format. A real insight into the camps in the Far East that has an underlying thread which links the compassionate with the... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Beannie
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