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  • The Greatcoat
  • Helen Dunmore
  • English
  • 05 July 2020
  • 9780099564942

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Helen Dunmore È 9 Summary The Greatcoat Download Þ 9 Ot waiting to come inHis name is Alec and his powerful presence both disturbs and excites her Her initial alarm soon fades and they begin an intense affair But nothing has prepared her for the truth about Alec's life nor the impact it will have on hers. Right I will start by saying that there are some great reviews of this book which go in to greater detail on the book This as usually is my thoughts and musing after completing reading the bookI will admit that I have heard a lot about this book both from the fact it was from Helen Dun an established and renowned author to the fact it was published under the HAMMER name yes the relaunched brand which has also re spawned the film line of the same name This is a book from a larger and varied selection of titles all published under the HAMMER brand SO as you can imagine I was both eager and a little cautious on reading this book especially when it was presented as a ghost storyThe story itself is very British not maybe as much as the Christmas Ghost stories of MR James and the like since it was based actually in the year of Helen Dun s birth but also the fact it was based during the years immediately after the Second World War a time my parents have told me many a story fromThere is a lot that can be said about the book but unfortunately it references to the storyline but what I can say is that I agree with some of the reviewers who felt that the ending was rather ambiguous for me I think it was intentionally so however it is easy to see how it could have left frustration in that you don t uite know what actually happened I know the supernatural is not meant to be explained away but its never a good idea to leave confusion in the void that leaves behindOne thing I would say is that although it was incredibly atmospheric I am not sure how chilling a ghost story it was I have read a good few of them and I didn t feel that chill as I have with others It seemed at times Isobel was concerned about fitting in to the local women of her town than she was explaining all the strange goings on That said the premise is a beautiful one and one I have seen used before the events linked to physically item so if you are looking at a period drama linked to a ghost story then for the 50s I think this story works I am glad I read it now but I am not sure how uickly I would return to read it again

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The Greatcoat

Helen Dunmore È 9 Summary The Greatcoat Download Þ 9 Ense cold one night she discovers an old RAF greatcoat hidden in the back of a cupboard Sleeping under it for warmth she starts to dream And not long afterwards while her husband is out she is startled by a knock at her windowOutside is a young RAF pil. Abandoned wartime airfields in uiet and lonely rural locations retain a haunting sense of the past Today the roar of bombers has been replaced by birdsong and the concrete runways by harvest fields of waving corn but many of the perimeter roads and buildings still exist today in some shape or form These sites don t just provide moments of uiet reflection for countryside wayfarers but opportunities for writers to indulge their imaginations in wartime nostalgia imagining exciting young lives filled with romance and conflict love and tragedy At the end of the war the airfields were abandoned and slowly given back to nature but for many people the dramas that had played out lived onThe story is told through Isabel who dreams of her childhood in rural Suffolk where she had woken night after night to the thunder of Lancasters overhead as they took off from the airfield The noise seemed to go on for hours before the last of the aircraft throbbed beyond her hearing They came over so low and heavy that it seemed they must lose their grip on the air and plunge down loaded with bombs onto the sleeping village She stared up at the belly of the aircraft that was passing over and then she could see through metal too and there were the men the pilot like a coal hever at the controls the flight engineer alongside him helping to push the throttles forward to get the laden beast into the night sky During WW2 in excess of 400 new airfields were constructed mainly in Eastern England and at the height of the bombing campaign against Nazi Germany in 1942 a new airfield was opening every three days These aerodromes appeared like mushrooms overnight and within a matter of a few weeks as many as three thousand people service personnel and civilian had moved in The air crews lived in very basic accommodation blocks and Nissen huts and civilians were employed in the medical centres parachute stores mess halls and canteens and ground crew and engineers in the workshops and hangars Life on these airfields was hectic and adrenaline fuelled tense and nerve wracking for crews and dramatically exciting for the young people thrown together determined to celebrate life whilst confronting the terrifying prospect of horrific death The Greatcoat is an absorbing story that so closely resembles my Mother s own tragic experience of love and loss and her bitter sweet wartime romance and a short lived marriage to an RAF airman that I read the story in one sitting And I have returned to it many times since as the writing left such a deep powerful imprint Helen Dun who sadly died last year was a master at recapturing the spirit of time and place and in this short novella she brilliantly evokes the nightmare of combat seen largely through the eyes of the young women the aircrews left behindBeing of the same age as the writer I understood from where this novel sprang My parents had lived through World War Two and my grandparents World War One so her childhood like mine reverberated with tales told by parents friends and neighbours all vivid memories some utterly traumatic of their own recent wartime experiences The setting is a wartime airfield in the East Riding of Yorkshire where Alec pilot officer of Lancaster K Katie and his crew are preparing for bombing mission number 27 which would leave just three remaining sorties to complete their tour of duty Lancaster bomber crews had shorter life expectancy than almost any other servicemen and Alec knew the stats were stacking against them They had barely survived a previous perilous mission to Berlin and now in the final hours after briefing Alec is doing all that he can to avoid dwelling on the mission ahead knowing full well his flight path takes him along a treacherous route across Nazi Occupied Europe on the way to the target Berlin that will see him engulfed in a vortex of searchlights and anti aircraft fire as they reach the Dutch coast with the threat of attack by Luftwaffe night fighters along the wayOnce Alec would be at the controls and again he would have the lives of his other six crewmen in his hands They were lucky to get this far At the back of the plane his rear gunner had a life expectancy of forty hours which was about five sorties while the bomb aimer who lay prostrate in the Perspex nose blister possibly had it even worse not only being the most vulnerable and exposed to enemy ack ack fire but also being traumatised by seeing the full horror of the in coming flak and the flames as other planes in the bomber stream were shot down or exploded in mid air The closer the crew came to the completion of their tour so the nervous and apprehensive they became and the author captures the tension of the crew confronting these unpalatable hard facts This atmospheric novel is set in 1952 at a time when rationing was still in force houses were cold and poorly heated by inadeuate coal fires and bedroom windows were iced over in the morning and beds damp to the touch were covered in blankets and coats to provide extra warmth Newly weds Philip and Isabel Carey arrive in the Yorkshire village Philp is an impressive hardworking young doctor who has joined the local practice and in his methodical way gets straight down to work and doesn t notice that his young wife feels neglected and increasingly marginalised The harder she tries to fit in and get things right the lonely she feels as the weight of expectation of a newly married woman bears down upon herIsabel had grown up a lonely only child brought up by her aunt as her parents had disappeared from Singapore to perish in a Japanese concentration camp She had been an academic pupil living in rural Suffolk and had lived through the war and remembers well the sight and sound and the smell of aviation fuel on the air as the suadrons of bombers took off on their night time missions She put her hands on the cold sill ready to draw her head back inside but a sound arrested her a vibration very far off chafing the air She listened for a long time but the sound wouldn t come any closer and wouldn t define itself As it faded it pulled at her teasingly like a memory that she couldn t touch until the town was silent When Isabel finds an airman s old greatcoat in the cupboard she throws it over the bed to keep her warm and is soon fantasising about the airman who wore the garment Everything in this lightly nuanced story is left to the reader s imagination For instance when Philip finally accepts that his wife is justified in complaining about the cold he sets off for York to buy her an eiderdown which was garishly decorated with roses The reader can see Isabel is not impressed at all This scene compounds what the reader has felt all along that the newly weds are not compatible The story reveals the doctor to be loyal hard working and conscientious but he doesn t understand his wife s loneliness or lack of fulfilment She is struggling to accept her new identity as doctor s wife and her mind is soon wandering imagining intimacy with the brave airmanThis story deals with the legacy of war and its traumatising effects of love and loss betrayal and recrimination both during the war and in its aftermathI love Helen Dun s sense of time and place in all her novels and her characters are lightly but vividly drawn like Isabel s all seeing all knowing Aunt Jean who knew everything because she was on the parish council Aunt Jean didn t suffer fools gladly and spoke with authority as she wrestled every bit of knowledge to herself and gave it out sparingly to those who deserved it But she is not a busy body at all but a lady with a warm heart and compassion and she shows understanding at the high spirited pranks and boisterous antics of the young servicemen who now swamped the locals in the village when enjoying their free time Soon the village was full of airmen there was only our and everyone went there shouting and singing and spilling out into the summer darkness with beer mugs in their handsSome people in the village grumbled about this invasion but not Aunt Jean Strict as she usually was she had endless tolerance for these young men and would take to task those who complained about heavy drinking shadowy couples enlaced by the walls of the village hall or a young flight lieutenant tearing through the village on his motorbike So many wonderful scenes are graphically drawn black night skies and black painted four engined Lancasters lumbering down runways moonlit airfields flare paths lit by Aldis Lamps steam engines noisily pulling out of stations and much much a wonderfully atmospheric read

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Helen Dunmore È 9 Summary The Greatcoat Download Þ 9 In the winter of 1952 Isabel Carey moves to the East Riding of Yorkshire with her husband Philip a GP With Philip spending long hours on call Isabel finds herself isolated and lonely as she strives to adjust to the realities of married lifeWoken by int. To be honest the cover probably is the thing that got me to buy the book Sure the blurb about a time slip an RAF ghost and a mystery did help but I can t help it I absolutely love that cover So it is with a bit of a heavy heart that I write this review It s not like the book is bad it s just not so fantastic that I hoped it to be I did like the story I just did not love it I found the premise of the story intriguing and it started off good But looking back to reading the book do I have to admit that I did not really fall for the story I wonder if it had been better if it had been to the story It s not a thick book it just takes a couple of hours to read the book So everything moved forward rather uickly getting to know Isabel and the rest of the characters meeting the ghost learning the truth and then the end And sure it s a tragic truth but I never really got to know Alec and I thought that was a miss It would have been wonderful to have learned about him through flashbacks Rather than just the first chapter and then through ghostly recollections I wanted to be moved by the book but that never happenedIt s a so so book I liked it but if feels like it had potential that never was achievedRead this review and others on A Bookaholic Swede The DH The Triple Threat #3 probably is the thing that got me to buy the book Sure the blurb about a time slip an RAF ghost and a mystery did help but I can t help it I absolutely love that cover So it is with a bit of a heavy heart that I write this review It s not like the book is bad it s just not so fantastic that I hoped it to be I did like the story I just did not love it I found the Social Science Research A Cross Section of Journal Articles for Discussion and Evaluation premise of the story intriguing and it started off good But looking back to reading the book do I have to admit that I did not really fall for the story I wonder if it had been better if it had been to the story It s not a thick book it just takes a couple of hours to read the book So everything moved forward rather uickly getting to know Isabel and the rest of the characters meeting the ghost learning the truth and then the end And sure it s a tragic truth but I never really got to know Alec and I thought that was a miss It would have been wonderful to have learned about him through flashbacks Rather than just the first chapter and then through ghostly recollections I wanted to be moved by the book but that never happenedIt s a so so book I liked it but if feels like it had The Ophiuchi Hotline potential that never was achievedRead this review and others on A Bookaholic Swede