Friday 5 April 2024

As the bombs began to fall, the book club kept their hopes alive.

The Air Raid Book Club
By Annie Lyons

Publication Date: 11th July 2023
Publisher: Review
Page Length: 340 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction

As the bombs began to fall, the book club kept their hopes alive...

London, 1938. Bookseller Gertie Bingham is facing difficult times, having just lost her beloved husband, Harry, and with a lingering sadness at never having been able to have a child of her own. Struggling to face running the bookshop she and Harry opened together, Gertie is preparing to sell up and move away when she is asked if she would be willing to take in a young Jewish refugee from Germany. Gertie is unsure and when sullen teenager Hedy Fischer arrives, Gertie fears she has nothing left to give the troubled girl.

But when the German bombers come and the lights go out over London, Gertie and Hedy realise that joining forces will make them stronger, and that books have the power to bring young and old together and unite a community in need in its darkest hour...

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The Air Raid Book Club

Annie Lyons

I am the author of seven novels and one novella. My first book, Not Quite Perfect was a Kindle number one bestseller and my 2020 novel, featuring octogenarian Eudora Honeysett, was a USA Today bestseller as well as being nominated for the RNA Contemporary Novel Award. The Air Raid Book Club is my most recent book and my first historical fiction novel. It tells the story of bookseller Gertie Bingham and Hedy Fischer, the fifteen-year-old Jewish refugee who comes to live with her when she is forced to flee Nazi Germany, and the book club they form to support their community through the Second World War. This book is particularly special to me as I’ve spent my life around books, from trips to the library with my Mum as a child to my early career as a bookseller on Charing Cross Road and then over ten years in publishing and now as a writer and creative writing teacher. If I’m not writing or reading books, I like nothing more than to lose myself for an hour (or two if I can manage it) in a library or bookshop. I love the quiet calm and the smell of books, old and new. My favourite writers are Anne Tyler, Ruth Hogan, David Nicholls, Rachel Joyce, William Boyd, Katherine Heiny and Maggie O’Farrell but I love anything that makes me laugh and cry. I try to reflect this in my own writing and for me, it begins with the characters. I work to get to know them as well as my own friends and family as I write and allow them to lead the story. My aim is to write stories which are uplifting and ultimately hopeful as these are the books I love to read. My stories feature families, friendship, grief, love, happiness, singing, loss, betrayal, forgiveness, death, hope, books, joy and plenty more besides, and they invariably include a beloved family pet! My favourite thing about being an author is when readers contact me to let me know that a book has touched them, made them laugh or just served as a companion for a while. I recently received a card all the way from New York from eighty-four-year-old Rita in praise of the story of eighty-four-year-old Eudora and that was my week made. If you would like to get in touch, you can also find me on social media (links below) where I mainly talk about books, writing, my garden and my black Labrador, Nelson.

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  1. Thank you for sharing this one. It is only 0.99 on Kindle so I grabbed myself a copy. I cannot wait to read it.

  2. What a beautiful cover and the blurb sounds like this could be a really good read. I have added it to my every expanding list.

  3. I have never heard of this author before, thank you for sharing.

  4. I LOVE this cover so much. I will definitely be checking this one out. Thanks for the recommendation!

  5. Thank you for the recommendation.

  6. I have just stumbled upon your blog, I love it already. So many great books.

  7. Thank you for this. I shall grab a copy while it is discounted.

  8. Thank you for sharing this book.


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