We’ve recently sold one of the most interesting books ever listed here at AwesomeBooks and wanted to share this with you.
The book we’re talking about is the RAF log book of a single rear-gunner who flew for nearly the entirety of the Second World War (1940-1945). He completed two full tours of duty, carrying out raids across Germany, Italy & France, as well as many ‘Gardening Missions’ (the very apt name for laying mines at sea!) and two years of training and instructing, an amazing feat by the standards of the day.
The gunner is listed in the book as Walker. D.A., whose number was D946201 of 44 squadron. He was based at two RAF bases over the course of his two tours; one at RAF Wigtown and one at RAF Waddington, the former of which was closed at the end of the war, while the latter remains open to this day for use by RAF reconnaissance aircraft.
Stories like this, about those who beat the odds at such a time are always something to take notice of. It just so happens that the circumstances of this story make it ever so slightly bolder and more impressive.
We hope you find the following pictures as interesting as we did. If you have anything similar to share with us please do get in touch, we’re always interested to educate ourselves on things such as this and share them with anyone who wants to do the same.
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September has been a busy month here at AwesomeBooks, not only because we’ve had to choose a new Author of the Month. We’ve been making our plans for Christmas (it’s getting to that time of year when everyone starts asking “where’s the year gone?!”), we’ve been busy organising some fantastic new charity projects that we’ll be announcing as soon as possible and, on top of that, we’ve been deliberating internally to choose our new Author of the Month.
We had some trouble choosing this month, with lots of contenders who all have anniversaries for release dates, re-release dates, birth dates, you name it! However, we’ve managed to narrow it down to one, and in fairness, it’s a pretty impressive one at that.
We chose J.D. Salinger for two very good reasons
With the release of the new film biopic of his life and career there is no better time to become more acquainted with his work.
He’s one of the most acclaimed American authors of all time, not to mention one of the most acclaimed authors publishing in English.
So, whether or not you’ve read/yet to read any of Salinger’s work we would strongly recommend taking note of this distinguished writer’s work, and to help you do this we’ll be offering 10% off all of his work (Used and Bargain Bin) in our ‘Author of the Month’ section at http://www.awesomebooks.com/author/ by using code ‘Author10′.
We hope you enjoy making use of this code and keep watching this space for updates on our upcoming projects!
This summer we came across the phenomenon of ‘unboxing videos’ where youtubers video themselves recieving parcels. There are even ones about us! Our favourite is from Joany, a dutch blogger who even agreed to translate it from dutch for us! check out her blog at http://www.cravingpages.nl/ and follow on twitter @Cravingpages
We have been scambling around to read this years man booker prize list, which was fairly obscure this year. Only two authors have been featured before and it contains some previously unkown authors and 5 unpublished works; but the chance to find something new is the reason many of us love the Man Booker. Authors included Alison McLeod, Tash Aw, Colum McCann, Charlotte Mendelson and Colm Toibin
The story of a Japanese emigrant to Canada who finds a lunchbox washed up on the shore with a diary and collection of letters. She unravels the mystery of the diary writer who describes herself as a ‘time being’.
The format of the book is easily recognisable but Ruth Ozeki’s talent keeps you fully immersed in the story.
Harvest by Jim Crace welcomed this year as the author recently announced his retirement from writing.
Harvest features a place know only as ‘the village’ where strangers are distrusted and persecuted. Being entirely dependant on the Harvest causes even more tension…
We will keep you updated as the shortlist comes out.
Wherever I can find it! Quite often from a brief news report of an incident or perhaps a crime. But I had one of my better ideas (forRedemption Blues) in a live concert by Joan Baez, and got another one years ago when reading Winston Churchill’s My Early Life - an idea which finally found expression in my Victorian drama Distant Thunder
Tell us about your latest book?
Distant Thunderis my most recent, a Victorian saga and love story, full of adventure and colour and set against the backdrop of the British Empire at its zenith. But I have also recently re-edited and re-issued REDEMPTION BLUES and THE END OF WINTER, both contemporary crime dramas which were major sellers overseas but have had no serious outing in England until now.
What are you working on at the moment?
I am currently writing the sequel to DISTANT THUNDER entitled THE WIND FROM THE CAPE, which brings the same characters – or those who survived the first book! – into the opening years of the 20th century.
Thanks to Tim for this sneak peek, we cant wait for the sequel.
Check out www.tdgriggs.co.uk for more information and a chance to read some short stories.
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Last Friday we asked you why it is that you love books (and hopefully AwesomeBooks too), so we’ve looked through all your responses and have chosen our five favourite entries, so try and spot yours!
“There is nothing more indulgent or gripping than curling up with a good book and letting your imagination paint the pictures to the author’s words.” – Paula Manoli-Gray
“The writer imagines stuff and makes marks on paper. I look at the marks and I start to imagine too. Magic. (Plus: books smell good).” – Sharon Burn
“I am a bookworm and believe that reading is a door to someone else’s world and they have invited me to experience a great adventure.” – Trish Haley Jakubowski
“The feel, the smell, the escape, the journey, the anticipation, the look on my shelf, the ability to change emotion…. I need more words!!!! )” – Kelly Shaw
“Through a book I travel to virtual places, become a character in the plot, facing circumstances and experiencing emotions I could not have otherwise experienced.” – Louise Sammut
We’d like to thank all of those who entered into our Friday Competition last week, the level of response from you guys was great! Look out for all our future competitions on our Facebook page and all our great offers at our AwesomeBooks webpage.
Description: A ruthless regime is determined to beat its enemies in a race to the moon. But when his best friend Hector is suddenly taken away, it is up to unlikely hero Standish, his grandfather, and a small band of rebels, to confront and defeat the ever-present oppressive forces of the Motherland.
The Carnegie Judges considered it quite frightening so gave it an 11+ suggested reading age.
The Carnegie Medal is awarded yearly to an author of an outstanding book for children and young people.