Clouds of Love and War (Paperback)

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A gripping wartime novel of a love that struggles to survive. 

Through scenes that are occasionally panoramic and often intimate, Rachel Billington in Clouds of Love and War balances a detailed and highly researched picture of the life of a World War II Spitfire pilot with the travails and ambitions of a young woman too often on her own. 

Eddie and Eva meet on the eve of the Second World War. Eddie only wants to be a flyer, to find escape in the clouds from his own complicated family. But the Battle of Britain makes a pilot’s life a dangerous way to flee reality. Eva has her own passionate longing: to become a painter. When Eva’s Jewish mother disappears to Germany, she is left alone with her elderly father. Both Eddie and Eva come of age at a time that teaches them that happiness is always fleeting, but there are things worth living—or dying—for.

Through the connecting stories of two young people and their wider families, and against a background of southern county airfields, Billington brings the world of wartime England, now eighty years in the past, back to life.

About the Author

Rachel Billington is the author of more than thirty books and was awarded an OBE for services to literature in 2012. She is associate editor and contributor to Inside Time, the national newspaper for prisoners in the UK.

Praise For…

"Astonishingly engaging. . . . This book shows an acute understanding of the contradictions which most people felt a lot of the time in this uniquely inclusive conflict. . . . [A] wonderful book of love and war."
— Northern Reader
Product Details
ISBN: 9781913491130
ISBN-10: 1913491137
Publisher: Unicorn Publishing Group
Publication Date: December 28th, 2021
Pages: 352