Sam Smith Original Plus books & The Journal (once 'of Contemporary Anglo-Scandinavian Poetry')

Sam Smith books plus Original Plus publications and The Journal

Sam Smith books: fiction

mainstream fiction  'Something's Wrong', 'The Care Vortex', 'Two Bridgwater Days',  'Eviction from Quarry Cottages', 'Paths of Error: a trilogy' and  'Trees'     

crime/thrillers   'Marraton', 'Sister Blister', 'Porlock Counterpoint', 'Hit and Run', and 'Sick Ape: an everyday tale of terrorist folk'        

science fiction 'The End of Science Fiction', 'We Need Madmen', and 'John John'.  Along with all 5 books of the SF quintet 'towards the unMaking of Heaven' - 1) 'Balant: a beginning', 2) 'Happiness: a planet',  3) 'You Human: the Leander Chronicle', 4) 'Not Now: Death, Dreams, and Reasons for Living' and 5) 'the unMaking of Heaven'    

historical fiction   'The Friendship of Dagda and Tinker Howth' and 'The Secret Report of Friar Otto'         

non-fiction   'Vera & Eddy's War'

(see also http://samsmithbooks.weebly.com)

   


Sam Smith prose: crime/thrillers


Marraton
Indigo Dreams Press www.indigodreamsbookshop.com/#/sam-smith/4580009338 

"Sam Smith has written a novel that unflinchingly portrays the everyday dissociations and disappointments of an ordinary person, Howard, a police support officer going about his duties in a northern post-industrial town. But by steering resolutely clear of cliché and sentimentality Smith brings Howard alive and allows the reader to share his experiences, his puzzlement at events he only ever half understands, his duty to his ill father and his cautious, modest hopes. Howard's alienation is palpable, a constant sense of being not quite connected with his own world, until on one marvellous occasion when circumstances demand selfless action and Howard, for once in his life, doesn't hesitate to step forward and become what the moment demands. It is as near as many of us will ever come to enlightenment, and it will live with me for a very long time..." Andy Hickmott

"... Smith fills the novel with details of the eponymous town, a dying backwater suffering the double loss of both fishing and mining industries, Howard's middle-aged going-nowhere life and his relationship with his fellow police officers and his epileptic, domineering father, and even some genuine action along the way.

I must admit that I felt a little ambivalent at the premise of the novel; but, once I'd started reading, I was hooked by the vivid characterisation of the protagonist and his world, as well as a surprisingly-intriguing mystery. Marraton is not your run-of-the-mill murder mystery and all the better for it! Smith is an author who can take you into a fully-realised world and keep you there, attentive, as he vouchsafes nuggets of background and character along the way. An extremely absorbing read. Highly recommended." DJ Tyrer The Supplement


ISBN 978-1-909357-26-6      £8.95



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'Hit and Run' Endeavour Press available as an eBook here - https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00B5GB64C

'Hit and Run' was previously published as Marks by BeWrite Books 

 

"...Sam Smith offers an in depth look into the life of a divorce detective trying to solve a case while dealing with life's little surprises along the way. "Marks" is about more than a fancy way of chalking the tires as a form of surveillance. It is a story about George Hawkins, hired to follow a case of adultery who finds himself witness to a hit and run, a possible suspect in a missing person's case, and on the trail of a possible spy. In the midst of all this George must keep himself alert and focused as the sudden disappearance of his long time live-in girlfriend propels him into self-doubt and onto the brink of depression. Unknowing if she is dead or alive, he tries to keep a grip on his instincts for his job rather than the emotions of the heart. The reader is hooked with strong realistic narration while taking you on a journey filled with puzzles and loopholes. You really feel you get to know the main character and feel for him at every twist.... ....Sam Smith has written an enjoyable story that unravels to a clean yet surprising story." Nancy Jackson: Dog-Eared Webzine                 

"Sam Smith uses first person in superb narrative fashion to deliver an exceptional story. The mind of the main character is openly displayed, allowing other characters to be formed and fascinatingly observed. The addition of historical events weighs heavily on convictions and friendships, and gives insight into Japanese culture. MARKS is not just a mystery or espionage tale, but also an indication of what certain circumstances can do to individuals in true life situations..." Patricia Spork: eBook Reviews Weekly 

Although Marks is no longer available via BeWrite Books I do have 3 paperbacks for sale at £9.80here - smithsssj@aol.com   

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 Porlock Counterpoint, like the other BeWrite Books is no longer available via BeWrite, but I do have some paperback copies for sale at £9.80 here -  smithsssj@aol.com  

"....When I started on Sam Smith’s Porlock Counterpoint, I soon forgot my own writing and the demands of work. And it was mainly Sam’s utterly engaging style of writing that prevented me from putting the book down. The use of galloping present tense, a collection of characters so real that it wasn’t long before I knew and sympathised with each and every one of them, and a fresh, almost innocent, take on drug smuggling, combined to make this a fast-moving read -- my favourite novel of 2002.... It’s good that the story is not told as a good-triumphing-over-evil theme and does not judge; it does not even ask the reader to judge – it just gets one completely involved. And there lies its success as a story. Film and television companies take note – it’s called PORLOCK COUNTERPOINT and it’s by Sam Smith and published by BeWrite Books!"   Barry Ireland

"In .... Porlock Counterpoint, Sam Smith explores the reality of life, reminding the reader that men and women live not in a realm where existence is defined simply in black and white. Mr Smith ... demonstrates to the reader that more often than not, life is lived in sketchy shades of gray. .... Mr Smith has done a commendable job of addressing the tue nature of the race once again."  Mike Broemmel 

"Never have I read a crime story with more levels than this - above and below ground. You rush through the pages to reach the conclusion... but the conclusion is your own. Magnificent. What a storyteller, what an interrogator is Sam Smith..."Alistair Kinnon

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Sister Blister

Online Originals editions  Unfortunately Online Originals is no more. Though I do have one hard copy left.

'Reading Sam Smith's novel Sister Blister is akin to driving ninety miles an hour on ice... an entertaining and wonderfully readable book...'  Zene magazine. 

'Exquisite! Like the 'Blanced Rocks' of the American west - the entire mass perfectly concentrated on the last sentence.' Bob Faulkner 

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Sick Ape: an everyday tale of terrorist folk - now available in various digital formats 
from Smashwords - 
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/572993 -

'Having read this book, I'm amazed, it's brilliant. Sam Smith has a unique writing style which adds more flavour to the book and also grips you from the first page, you want to read more. / The storyline is interesting and raises a number of valid points about today's society, though not about terrorists as we usually perceive them, but normal men fighting back against the wrongs in their life. / Not only is this book witty and clever but also reflects a lot of problems we all meet in every day life.' Ruth Kent  

I do have some BeWrite paperback copies for sale at £9.80 here-  smithsssj@aol.com  
 





Sam Smith prose: mainstream fiction

Trees

"Wonderful book exploring the nature of writing, of love, of grief and also giving details on trees in the way that Moby Dick has chapters on different species of Whale." Libery Rowley

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On 31st May 2016 Safkhet Publishing, only a few months after publishing Trees, ceased trading. Trees is now looking for a new publisher.

 

 

 


from DPdotcom www.dpdotcom.com/somethingswrong.htm, and in both ebook and paperback, my novel 'Something's Wrong'.

"Lack of originality is certainly not a criticism one could level at Something's Wrong by Sam Smith. This is one of the most innovative novels I have read for some time. The form is that of a series of transcripts of tape recordings of someone who, as it becomes rapidly clear, has some serious mental health problems. This is a harrowing work, which raises some disturbing issues about mental health care generally, and care homes in particular. You feel yourself literally getting into the mind of the character, and caring about what happens to him - both rare attributes in novels these days. . . ." Guy Fraser-Sampson

"I recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in the care of those with mental health problems." Farm Lane Books  

"Something’s Wrong: in fact as we find out during the course of many short monologues spoken into a tape recorder by the narrator, Robert, there are many things wrong in the sleepy little coastal town of Widdercliffe, and the world it represents. ... In the first half of the novel, we see that there’s plenty wrong with Robert and his fellow residents at The Grove group home and their supposed supervisors.  There’s the sort of unease all around that a reader senses in Kafka’s The Trial, for example.  ... Robert’s voice in this novel is as compelling as the voice of Dostoyevsky’s narrator in Notes from Underground.  In both cases the speaker is an outsider who sees too clearly the shortcomings of the world that won’t accept him.  .... Sam Smith’s novel is artfully written and revealing indeed. Through his narrator, Robert, we’re given as readers a first person narrative of what it is to be on the outside of society...."  Coal City Review    

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The Care Vortex 

'Now and then a book comes along that can never be forgotten, a book whose characters touch you deeply and remain in your memory. A story that shocks you into thinking about something you had never considered or completely changing your previous perceptions.The Care Vortex by Sam Smith is such a book.... The Care Vortex is fast paced, interesting and believable. The characters are all too human, people like you and I. Ordinary people trying to deal with unimaginable events. / Would I recommend this book? Yes, without reservation. It is not an easy book to read, because of the subject and the issues raised in it. When Charles Dickens wrote Oliver Twist he was criticised for using criminals and prostitutes, in writing about subjects that were considered taboo. Yet Oliver Twist is now regarded as a classic, not only an excellent story, but a book that changed attitudes and made people wake up and take notice. Perhaps one day the same thing will be said ofThe Care Vortex. / If you want to read a book that will lull you to sleep at night, this book is not for you. It is no Little Orphan Annie with pretty pig-tailed children and fairy tale endings. Those trapped in the Care Vortex are damaged, the details harrowing. But for all that, it is a story of heroism, of people reaching out to each other and trying to overcome what has been done.' Gillian Davis


"The Care Vortex is a vitally important book. It should be read by anyone who has responsibility for children and young adults, whether they be parents, teachers, care workers, police, administrators ... it's all too easy in environments of near-isolation - family homes, care institutions, schools - to sweep the truth (and the children) under the carpet." Neil Marr: author of 'Bullycide: Death at Playtime'

I do have some of the original BeWrite paperback copies for sale at £9.80 here -  smithsssj@aol.com  While all kinds of digital versions are available from here - https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/569487 

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2 Bridgwater Days  
the penultimate slice of the novel has now been posted at Bibliophilia - http://www.bibliophilia.org/index.php?categoryid=14&p2_articleid=204
 
'.... a smooth read...' or so said BintArab
 
Also available now in a variety of ebook formats, ISBN 978-1-4523-1007-7, from SmashWords - https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/7974 
 
 
 
 
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Eviction from Quarry Cottages  

A contemporary history, Eviction from Quarry Cottages relates the events subsequent to the death of farm worker John Cox, what befalls his widow Bridget and his daughter Sarah. Plus what happens to his Quarry Cottage neighbours, his parents, in-laws and friends. Love is found and lost, cheatings discovered, union involvement, avarice and indifference encountered, understandings reached, resolution of a kind found. If there is a hero it has to be 12 year old Sarah. 
 
 
 
available now in a variety of ebook formats, ISBN 978-1-4523-1009-1, from SmashWords - https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/8661   

Undeclared War: Paths of Error

 'Undeclared War, Constant Change, and As Recorded can be read in succession, or equally stand independently as analyses of the changes wrought by recent decades on the lives of ordinary people. Based around Paignton, Sam Smith uses a group of friends from a small ordinary English town and explores their individual paths of error against the fabric of life. Highly sexually charged and using blunt language, these will only cater to very specific tastes.' Devon Life

'Set within a seaside town ... makes for bleak reading. But it showcases the interweaving of the characters and the images they have chosen for themselves perfectly. If Quadraphenia stoked your fire then you'll certainly get off on this ... Roll on books two and three.' Deian Vincent

'UNDECLARED WAR is a serious work. It may offend and sometimes enrage but Sam Smith also entertains with his vivid imagery, facile prose style, and sometimes insightful, sometimes whimsical, often cynical, but always stimulating perceptions of history and the human condition. Highly recommended.' Rich Patton

Undeclared War, the first of the Paths of Error trilogy is available now as a pay-what-you-feel-it's-worth ebook - https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/545469

or from Barnes & Noble bookstore - http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/undeclared-war-sam-smith/1122023998?ean=2940151937610

or from Kobo's bookstore - https://store.kobobooks.com/search?Query=%22Undeclared+War%22+Sam+Smith

or from Oyster - https://www.oysterbooks.com/book/X6EoEfdy8qSP7YmUvkKsYC/undeclared-war-paths-of-error


Constant Change, the second of the Paths of Error triptych, also has its beginnings in Sixties Paignton, although there the similarity ends. 
 
'...a very topical analysis of the relevance of religion in a constantly moving-on society...' New Hope International
 
Available now as a pay-what-you-feel-it's-worth ebook at
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/555184   
 

Told throughout in interview form, in  'As Recorded' the hero, Sniff - as he was known in 'Constant Change' and in 'Undeclared War' - tells of the childhood of the trilogy's 5 main characters - Newt, Blue, Pancho, Mort and himself - from their starting school in Curledge Street to their all going on to Totnes Grammar; and of their first fights, first sex, and various escapades. And, of course, he tells of his later life too, as a boxer and a businessman, father and lothario.... And why he should be being interviewed....



 Sam Smith prose: historical

The Friendship of Dagdá & Tinker Howth

This peculiar historical tale has its own history, languished in different publishers' pending trays for years, prior to those publishers also becoming historical footnotes. At last however 'The Friendship of Dagdá & Tinker Howth', as both paperback and e-book, is able to poke its head out from the undergrowth in the hope of getting itself noticed.

One time called Kitnor, now Culbone, three miles west of Porlock is a steep combe further concealed by close-grown sessile oaks. Isolated, and on the Devon/Somerset border it has been variously used over the centuries as a place of refuge and of banishment. Latterly it has become a destination for poetaster pilgrims - Kubla Khan having been written in the vicinity. Could ‘The Friendship of Dagdá & Tinker Howth’ however be the true origin of Culbone’s pretty little church? Or could Tinker Howth’s tale, set in the first Elizabeth’s reign and in the one-time leper colony, be the underlying reason why the word ‘Porlock’ is held in such low esteem by literati? And nothing whatsoever to do with Coleridge’s creatus interruptus ..?


The Secret Report of Friar Otto  (£7.99)  being a 21st century reinterpretation of The Report In Confidence On The Imprisonment & Execution Of William de Marisco & 16 Of His Followers. Originally published by  boho/bluechrome press,   

'....The story is a brilliant reinterpretation of a 750 year old manuscript which spins a web of deceit and political intrigue all the while making the reader wonder if the knights were guilty of their crimes or set up to take the fall for higher powers. / This is a unique book, full of history as well as a very unusual mystery which will draw the reader into life as it was centuries ago. A life that is filled with as much `behind the scenes' political drama as we have in today's modern world. A fun and informative read.' D. Alan Lewis 


'I found myself pulled into the narrative as Otto interviews de Marisco and his men, trying to learn more about what drove them to apparent revolt and crime, whilst wondering whether they are actually guilty of what they have been accused and whether everyone is who they appear to be. An unusual mystery that takes the reader away from the well-worn paths of medieval history and fiction. Highly recommended.' DJ Tyrer The Supplement: Atlantean Publishing
 
'...a beautifully written modern novel, utterly convincing in its evocation of the medieval world and mindset...' pulp.net   
 
  ".... a great history lesson focusing on the politics of the time... the kings, the court and the church, who uses whom and what devices they used to wield that power. It was a dangerous time for people with dangerous ideas. And, it seems, the more things change, the more they stay the same. / Friar Otto is a brave and likable man with strong character and an open mind." Merle Jones

For another review by Bob Corbett see - http://www2.webster.edu/~corbetre/personal/reading/smith-otto.html

A second edition of The Secret Report of Friar Otto was published by BeWrite Books and I have 2 paperbacks left for sale here   - smithsssj@aol.com


Sam Smith prose: science fiction

The End of Science Fiction
The first edition (Jacobyte Books) was shortlisted for a 2001 SF Eppie. The BeWrite edition also garnered preaise. The End of Science Fiction however is now only available as a Smashwords ebook   http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/540289 (unless there are still secondhand paperback copies of its previous two editions knocking about online)

'...His prose is clear, smooth and spare. His dialogue reveals the characters' personalities. Even minor characters feel filled out and whole. All in all, a most professional job./ In a world of book reviews that overstate and overhype, one worries about excess praise, for fear that it will be dismissed. Here I am confounded -- there are no faults, no missed notes, no clumsy moves. As Coleridge said of fiction, one must willingly suspend disbelief, and perhaps for some time the initial premise may stretch credulity. For myself I always give a writer the opportunity to build the world they are trying to create and if they succeed, then the book works for me. In this case, Smith succeeds magnificently.' Miles Archer

'....edgy and gripping. Written in present tense, the pace never lets up .... has a satisfying and tightly knit plot, and the fast prose style adds a strong sense of drama. Being a disaster novel, it could have easily slipped in to melodrama, but Smith keeps the story on an even keel which makes it all the more believable. Long after you've finished reading, you can't help but wonder how you would react, if faced with same frightening news.' Ebony McKenna

'...If The End Of Science Fictionwere to be filmed then its director would be Ken Loach; and I say that as no small praise, for this book is a triumph of the small people in the world - people forging a path of their own in a supremely uncaring universe.  It's a triumph for Sam Smith, who has written an understated novel about humanity and our place in the cosmos; an engaging, thoughtful and deeply moving story to make you stop and think about yourself, your life and how you live it. / I can think of no higher recommendation.' 
 Stuart Carter

ISBN 9781311730503                         $1.99

or from Barnes & Noble bookstore - http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/end-of-science-fiction-sam-smith/1007094179?ean=9781904492702

or from Kobo - https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/the-end-of-science-fiction-3

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We Need Madmen: Skrev Presswinner of Skrev's 2004 SF competition http://www.skrevpress.com/first.html  

We Need Madmen is a truly fascinating, though brief, exploration of ideas; a deliberately leading and questioning book that may make you feel a little uncomfortable...'   Stu Carter: Vector    

'This is a short book that says a lot. I would have preferred a bit more background into Soper and the Camps, but this is still a gem of a story.' Paul Lappen: Dead Trees Review   

And available now in multiple ebook formats, ISBN 978-1-452-1006-0, from    https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/9284

or from Barnes & Noble bookstore - http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/we-need-madmen-sam-smith/1020987735?ean=2940000820650

or from Kobo - https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/we-need-madmen

or from Oyster - https://www.oysterbooks.com/book/ww85TuhJ4dVsJu5nLxKyUi/we-need-madmen

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John John
: Turner Maxwell  - http://www.turnermaxwellbooks.com/   - Was a chapter-a-week blog. Until Turner Maxwell converted it into a complete book. 
 
'....a fascinating and quirky read, very original in its storyline and ideas that will keep a reader turning the pages to the end.' Cameron Adams. Signed copies available from the author - smithsssj@aol.com  
 
 
And available now in multiple ebook formats, ISBN 978-1-4523-1008-4,  from http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/7226
 

towards the unMaking of Heaven

towards the unMaking of Heaven comprises 5 books

book 1 - Balant:a beginning

book 2 - Happiness: a planet

book 3 - You Human; The Leander Chronicle

book 4 - Not Now: Death, Dreams and Reasons for Living

book 5 - The unMaking of Heaven

see series video? 

Balant: a beginning is the first in the  5 book series towards the unMaking of Heaven paperbacks from all mainstream retailers & e-book formats from  RealTimePublishing     

' ...science fiction with a mainstream approach, satisfying Sci-Fi buffs but not alienating others.'  Anthony Lund    

'While many contemporary science fiction hide from planetary exploration and delve instead into quantum introspection, Smith delights us with this tale of discovery and survival. Yet for those intent on intellectual contemplation there are opportunities to engage with Pi when he approaches each conundrum with delightful logic and consequence prediction... This is more than hard scifi, Pi has to learn quickly the wiles of a spectrum of humanity... The wide scale of ideas, space and human emotions, even though for young adult takes this novel into a Robert Heinlein-for-teens sub-genre. Sam’s poetry background shines through the exquisite narrative. A page turner fit for any imaginative young adult’s bookshelf.'  Geoff Nelder: the sffchronicles 

  for a signed paperback (price for UK only)  video?


& Happiness: a planet  is the second of the 5 book series  towards the unMaking of Heaven  paperbacks from all mainstream retailers & e-book formats from RealTimePublishing '

Once again Sam Smith has taken me to a strange planet and made me care what happened to its population and indeed, its moon. A thoroughly recommended read to any science fiction fan and young reader of adventure, imagination and mystery.'  Geoff Nelder

  for a signed paperback  (price for UK only) 


&....  You Human: the Leander Chronicle  is the third of the 5 book series  towards the unMaking of Heaven  paperbacks from all mainstream retailers & e-book formats from    RealTime Publishing

You Human: the Leander Chronicle is the dark core, the gravitational mass of the quintet, towards the unMaking of Heaven.
Within You Human genetic manipulation and genocide will be encountered, sexual obsession/gratification and the nature of love will be explored.

"A slower story from its predecessors, but intriguing and informative in the continuation of this series, You Human is a personal and emotional story which develops the core beings of series in a very different way to the previous novels."  Anthony Lund


You Human: the Leander Chronicle is the book towards which the first two books, Balant and Happiness, led; and spinning off from its gravitational mass will be the final two books, Not Now: Death, Dreams and Reasons for Living and the unMaking of Heaven 

    for a signed paperback (price for UK only)


&....fourth in the 5 book series of towards the unMaking of Heaven is
Not Now: Death, Dreams & Reasons for Living, an SF exploration of desire, dreams and self-deceit. A clever and conceited young poet, Okinwe Orbinson, is recruited from his artificial city world by a small mysterious stranger calling himself Leon Reduct. Only when Okinwe has accepted Leon's challenge is he told that his mission is to save a, by now, rumoured hybrid-human race, Talkers, from self-extinction…. (paperbacks from all mainstream retailers & e-book formats from RealTime Publishing )

"….From its opening to closing lines, Not Now is one of the best books of the series, contemplative and questioning while remaining continuously interesting and engrossing to the reader."  Anthony Lund

for a signed paperback (price for UK only)


&.... the fifth and final book in the series, the unMaking of Heaven, has now been published - paperbacks from all mainstream retailers & e-book formats from RealTime Publishing

'Ecosystem of my egosystem, I became clothed, valley and plain, in vegetation. And with that green and purple raiment came more white swirls of climate....' 

".....one of the most intricate and ambitious science fiction books that I have read in recent years, and in almost all areas it pulls off being incredibly detailed and "Sci-Fi geekish" while having a page turning quality that draws the reader in and pushes them to learn more of this new creation, this new mythos almost .... this is science fiction with a mainstream approach, satisfying Sci-Fi buffs but not alienating others." Anthony Lund   

    for a signed paperback (price for UK only)


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Sam Smith prose: non-fiction

 

Vera & Eddy's War: BeWrite Books  http://www.bewrite.net/  

"Any history buff will delight in the minute details that make up the daily lives ... and give one a thorough understanding of how they dealt with the hardships caused by war ... I recommend this book highly ... It is written with humour and compassion ... Enjoy the work of a very talented author." Anne K. Edwards


"Gritty and often brutally honest. Sam Smith tells it faithfully, the way Vera & Eddy told it. A book that shatters some of the rose-tinted myths about the British at war." Meirion Hughes

see video?

" ... And these horrors are described matter-of-factly and because of the lack of melodrama and histrionics they stand out so much starker. There is a lot of humor here and anecdotes you will never find in the standard books about the War. The Kafkaesque bureaucracy is hilarious and, more importantly, tragic considering that this is a documentary. This is the Second World War seen through the eyes of the regular people - those who died in droves. If you are going to read only one book about the ordinary people's experience of the War in your lifetime, let Vera and Eddy's War be the one." Timeless Tales      

Although Vera & Eddy's War is no longer available via BeWrite Books I do have some paperbacks still for sale here - smithsssj@aol.com - and/or you can probably pick up secondhand copies elsewhere on the internet.


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