Eleven Eleven Paperback – 11 Oct 2012
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(Eleven Eleven) will sit well alongside the poetry and factual accounts of life in the trenches and in the air. It is a deep and sad story . . . made so poignant because it all takes place on the last morning, leading up to Eleven Eleven (The Independent)
This action-packed thriller combines historical detail with three very personal stories of courage, strength and tragedy, to produce a gripping and thought-provoking account of the final hours of a brutal conflict. This powerful page-turner is ideal for use in history teaching, as well as making compelling reading in its own right (The Book Trust)
The excitement in Paul Dowswell's new book is of the terrifying kind. With every turn of the page mature readers will hold their breath, expecting the worst and hoping for the best. Paul Dowswell deals with war head on, leaving his readers in no doubt of its complexities and horrors (The Scotsman)
The main thrust of this thrilling novel - the futility of war - is vividly portrayed through the actions and interaction of three sometimes puzzled and overwhelmed young men (The Irish Examiner)
Ausländer is a superlative, at times almost agonisingly compelling, piece of historical fiction . . . The climactic escape to freedom is pure muck-sweat tension (Financial Times)
Dowswell is one of the best new writers of historical fiction for children . . . [Ausländer] steps outside the victim culture of novels such as those by Morris Gleitzman and comes close to classics such as The Silver Sword. Admirers of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas should look at this novel as a model of imaginative sympathy (The Times)
A thrilling story of the last 24 hours before armistice. Three lives collide and three destinies are determined during one single day in this powerful and timeless novelSee all Product description
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The plot is taut as a thriller, and Dowswell brilliantly captures the atmospheric detail that brings exhausted troops in the battle-churned Belgian countryside alive off the page: the wary camaraderie, grinding Army procedure, flashes of humanity, gallows humour and above all the dull misery of damp and cold and inadequate rations, spiked with fear when shells rain in or snipers strike. It's so hard for us to comprehend the First World War at this distance - so long ago, so enormous, so many lives lost for such unfathomable causes and apparently insignificant gains. Dowswell makes it possible to live and feel the conflict through his three protagonists - and to realise that they had not much more idea of the causes and grand ideas than we do, and are much closer and more like us than we would imagine. A powerful, wise and brillliantly readable book.
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