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It is 1940 and Britain is at war with Germany. France has fallen and with Britain the next, and most crucial, country in Hitler's path, the threat shifts to unfamiliar terrain - the skies and an epic battle between the Luftwaffe and the RAF. Lenny is a young and inexperienced fighter pilot stationed in Gravesend. After a meeting at a dance with Stella, a radar operator witIt is 1940 and Britain is at war with Germany. France has fallen and with Britain the next, and most crucial, country in Hitler's path, the threat shifts to unfamiliar terrain - the skies and an epic battle between the Luftwaffe and the RAF. Lenny is a young and inexperienced fighter pilot stationed in Gravesend. After a meeting at a dance with Stella, a radar operator with a more worldly attitude altogether, he falls in love for the first time. She is his eyes on the ground, he is her protector in the air, and as the battle intensifies so their affair gathers pace in an increasingly uncertain time. Class and national barriers lose their distinction and a heady whirl of parties, drinking and promiscuity distracts from the more serious business at hand.Told in intimate, alternate chapters from the perspectives of Lenny and Stella, That Summer matures into a breathtaking novel; a classic love story and a thrilling picture of life during wartime....

Title : That Summer
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ISBN : 9780571204731
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 269 Pages
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That Summer Reviews

  • Lance Greenfield
    2019-02-10 15:41

    Just beautiful!The immediacy of life during the Battle of Britain springs vividly from the pages of this beautifully narrated book. The main characters, Len and Stella, narrate their interactions, their feelings, as they live every minute as though it could be their last. And that is the reality of war.Their most intimate thoughts are brilliantly brought to the reader so that you feel that you know their friends and acquaintances, especially Tad and Maddy, and you cannot help but care for them. They muse about their opposite numbers and this delicately bares the usually thorny subject of the futility of war and conflict.Such a beautifully written story is bound to stir the emotions of any reader, and my memories of this book, both happy and sad, will remain with me for a long time.I would strongly recommend this book to anyone, and I urge you not to deprive yourself. You won't regret the moment that you open this book and start reading. I guarantee it!

  • Malek Montag
    2019-01-28 13:37

    This moved me. It's a romance set in an historical period I'm very much interest in and was curious. Greig's research and beautiful prose took me back there. If you love romance, if you love historical fiction, you'll love this.

  • Kissmekate
    2019-01-26 13:49

    Len und Tadeusz ("Tad") lernen sich während der Luftschlacht um Großbritannien im Sommer 1940 auf dem Luftwaffenstützpunkt kennen. Tad kommt aus Polen und hat sich freiwillig der britischen Luftwaffe angeschlossen. Er tanzt und flirtet gerne, während Len ein eher stiller, nachdenklicher Typ ist.Doch auch er verliebt sich in diesem Sommer, in Stella, eine junge Funkerin vom Stützpunkt, die sich ebenfalls über viele Dinge Gedanken macht und eher zurückhaltend ist, während Maddy, mit der sie seit einer Zufallsbegegnung befreundet ist, ähnlich wie Tadeusz gerne feiert, vielleicht gerade weil in dieser Zeit voller Bomben, Brände, Verluste und Leid das Leben so unsicher ist."That Summer" ist ein ruhiges Buch, das sich viel mit der Innenschau von Len und Stella beschäftigt und gleichzeitig, ohne je reißerisch zu werden, sehr realistisch vermittelt, was es bedeutet, mitten im Bombenkrieg zu leben - für die, die Bomberangriffe fliegen (etwa, wenn ein Pilot nach dem anderen aus Lens Fliegerstaffel im Laufe des Sommers nicht mehr vom Einsatz zurückkehrt und sich die wenigen Zurückbleibenden wie uralte Männer fühlen, die sämtliche Freunde überlebt haben) und für die, die von den Gegenangriffen betroffen sind (wobei mich da auch der historisch belegte Pragmatismus der Londoner beeindruckt hat, vor allem das Schild am Obstladen mit der kaputten Scheibe, "More open than usual" *g*).Wie Len seinen Urlaub damit verbringt, ganz alleine durch seine geliebten Highlands zu wandern, ist genauso eindrucksvoll zu lesen, die wunderschön geschilderte Natur ist spürbar Balsam für seine kriegsgequälte Seele. Und auch die besonderen Belastungen, die eine Liebesbeziehung in Kriegszeiten aushalten muss, bringt Greig sehr einfühlsam rüber, ohne auch nur einmal ins Kitschige und allzu Sentimentale abzugleiten.Ein wirklich schönes Buch, das seinen Reiz erst nach und nach entfaltet und mich am Ende noch einmal richtig ergriffen hat.

  • M.K. Aston
    2019-02-05 16:57

    A wartime story that's both touching and exciting. The essence of the times is vividly brought to life by two narrative points of view and there were moments where I thought the prose was simply perfect. Highly recommend this novel.

  • Lucy
    2019-02-14 15:53

    Beautiful. And heartbreaking.....

  • Graceann
    2019-01-31 11:40

    Imagine my surprise when I showed my husband that I was reading this, and he brought out his own, recently-purchased copy. Now that I've read it (he hasn't yet) I can say that it was my kind of book, but I don't know if it will be his. The premise of "That Summer" is the contemplation of whether it's wise to open yourself to new relationships when the next month, week, day, hour, minute is uncertain. Stella is a WAAF learning how to read those blips and dashes on her screen, and Len is an RAF Hurricane pilot. They and their friends navigate unknown territory during the Summer of 1940, during bombing raids, dogfights, blackouts and other new, frightening experiences. There are pleasures to be had, as well, and you get a good feeling for how these young people escaped their fears for a few hours or days if they could. When I finished the book, my husband turned to me and said "so? Did we win the Battle of Britain?" I laughed, but really, "That Summer" isn't even about that. It's about so much more.

  • Maka Albarn
    2019-01-22 10:00

    It's a great book. Andrew Greig was able to show beauty amidst the adversity of war. Even a realist would find the love of Stella and Len something worthy of a praise. However, the beauty that the author showed was reciprocated by the devastation people felt during the war, which was showcased very well in the book. There are characters that will die first before you actually know them in the story. The story is short and fast-paced, just like life itself during a war.I'm sorry for such a short feedback for the book, but this clearly summarizes just how I felt after reading it. BTW, this quote got me some feels. There's just so much feeling in it:"Lord, when this war is over, we'll want non-events. We'll not talk about it to our children and we'll try to give them the luxury of boredom, to make life so safe they'll probably rebel and make something of their own. But not war, God, not war"

  • Becky
    2019-02-01 10:00

    A sweet sweet book about a RAF pilot and a radar operator who meet and fall in lover under the auspices of the London Blitz. A poet, Andrew Greig's book is well written and endearing. His portrayal of wartime Britain is fully detailed and he shows the indomitable spirit of the Brits during this horrible time. I really loved the love story between Len, the RAF pilot, and Stella, the radar operator who meet, date and then fall in love. It is a simple book that really resonates. Just loved it.

  • Judy
    2019-02-19 16:50

    There is something of Neville Shute, a bit of John Buchan and plenty of Andrew Greig in this. He uses the first and third person narrative form of the two main characters to produce a satisfyingly complete novel. It is very effective. Much has been written about the time of the Battle of Britain, but this story is fresh - and gives rise to reflection on the situation in Britain and Europe today. Above all, it is about young people living with the knowledge that there may well be no tomorrow. As one expects from this author, one gets to care deeply about them.

  • Hannah
    2019-01-26 12:55

    The blurb says "It will be a long time since a book has made you care so much" and I thought "Yeah right we'll see about that" but halfway in it comes true. This book made me cry more than once, and it made me suprise myself by calling out anxious "No!"s several times. I like Andrew Greig's way of writing, it isn't very striking or fancy, there's seldom a word too many and it works wonderfully.

  • Huw Rhys
    2019-01-24 13:04

    There are books about the Battle of Britain, and there are love stories - but there won't be many books which combine both, and certainly not with the artistry that Andrew Greig manages.There is an inevitability about the outcome - but this doesn't denigrate at all from the finely crafted tale out author weaves. I loved it - a real anatomy of a relationship,set in a unique period of history.

  • Deborah
    2019-02-14 10:53

    An immersion in 1940s war time England - the power of love and friendships to get through the most miserable of times. A wonderful story that conveyed the excitment, the frustration and the sorrow of war.

  • Laura
    2019-01-30 10:37

    A few months in the summer of the Battle of Britain. I really enjoyed this. Len and Stella were engaging and sympathetic. I felt it was a little cliched at the end, almost too expected. Still it gave a personal perspective on being in the war that was quite believable.

  • Susanne
    2019-02-19 11:44

    This gives the feeling of living the battle of Britain one day at a time along with the people in the book and subtly charts the psychological changes of the protagonists during 'That Summer'.

  • Liddie
    2019-02-12 15:47


  • Aileen
    2019-02-12 16:43

    Love this novel, so gentle in such a brutal time.I enjoyed how the storyline unfolded...a chapter by each main character.Beautifully written.

  • Mike Israel
    2019-02-18 08:50

    Poignant window into the lives of those who loved and lived through the battle of britain.

  • Steve
    2019-02-04 10:56

    Ordinairy people doing very very extraordinairy things.I got a clear picture of people accepting that their day jobs involved ambiguous decisions on which you or others lived or died.

  • David Santiuste
    2019-01-25 11:36

    An outstanding evocation of wartime Britain: vivid, compelling and also deeply moving. Andrew Greig is one of the UK’s most accomplished living writers, and this may well be his finest work to date.