- Hardcover: 416 pages
- Publisher: Doubleday (26 Feb. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0385614233
- ISBN-13: 978-0385614238
- Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 3.6 x 22.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 210,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Their Finest Hour And A Half Hardcover – 26 Feb 2009
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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)
This funny, heart-warming and beautifully crafted novel is a must-read.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
Lissa Evans brings together the stories of some of the cast and crew and of the development of the film itself against a background of the London blitz. All the characters are portrayed well, especially Ambrose Hilliard, embittered and fading actor, whose grim memories of the previous war surface at times and, and Catrin Cole, who ends up, more or less by accident, helping to write the film.
The book has funny moments, tender moments and sad moments. It creates an entirely believable atmosphere of wartime London, populated by convincing characters who one sympathises with more and more. It is also something of a page turner. The whole things is cleverly structured as a cinema programme, from the "trailers", though "informational shorts", to the "main feature" and finally, "forthcoming attractions". Overall, it is excellent.
Catrin finds herself moved from writing advertising copy to working on propaganda films. Wrapped up in her first love affair, she can’t see that her ‘husband’ is indifferent to whether she is in his life or not. But as she starts to gain confidence in her new career, she also gains insight into her own life….
Ambrose was voted the third most popular British film star in 1924. Unfortunately in his head he hasn’t moved on from those heights and his agent is too good-natured to point out the truth. Luckily his agent has a sister who believes in plain speaking.
Edith is a seamstress at Madame Tussaud’s. In her thirties and somewhat insular she has managed to create an ordered and even beautiful bolt-hole for herself until the bombing raids force her out of her comfort zone.
All three of them are thrown together when they become involved in a film charting the ‘heroic’ rescue by twin sisters of soldiers from the Dunkirk beaches. And in the process they encounter shy, awkward, Arthur – a former catering manager who has now been elevated to ‘Special Military Adviser’ on the film – for no better reason than he happens to be in uniform as far as he can see.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've loved Lissa Evans' children's books and hearing that her adult book was to be made into a film, decided to read it first. Read morePublished 19 days ago by K. J. Noyes
I enjoyed this book a lot more than i expected. The characters drew me in and made me care. Ambrose Hilliard is a fantastic creation. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Enjoyed this book. A little slow in the beginning but grew to care for all the characters. Great read.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
I bought this after reading Crooked Heart ( which I loved as it was funny and warm) but was a little disappointed with this one. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Michelle
Brilliant! Really funny, but also a novel who's characters you really care about☺️Published 14 months ago by Karen Pagan
a very different kind of read & totally engrossing. very funny & eccentric characters are nonetheless remarkably real & sympathetic, one would think this would be impossible to do... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Zangiku
Really enjoyed this unusual and absorbing story. Fascinating alternative take on the story of WW2's home front.Published 20 months ago by MsCMSAttlee
Quite well written - a few nice twists and turns - somewhat spoiled by the killing off of a character near the end of the book. Read morePublished on 7 April 2015 by Impressed