Land Mine, The

ISBN 9781770864603 | 5.125″ x 7.625″ | TPB | $20

Category: Literary Novels, Historical Fiction

 


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Synopsis

London, 1943. Despite the deployment of his father to North Africa, the near constant threat of Nazi air raids, and the day-to-day hardships caused by rationing, thirteen-year-old Derek has managed to withstand the worst of World War II more or less unscathed.

The war finally hits home, literally, when a German “land mine” destroys the roof of their house, and Derek and his mother are forced to live with his grandparents. Then Derek discovers that his backyard air raid shelter has been taken over by a suspicious man who claims to be a British double agent. The visitor’s true identity and intentions prove to be an irresistible mystery to the schoolboy and his friends.

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“It is unabashedly autobiographical … when I read the final paragraph I couldn’t help but think Eric was writing about himself, and the experience we have as we grow older, of trying to connect with our past even though the reality of the present impedes us. I found it very moving and I’m glad he was still doing what he loved.”
– Maureen Jennings, author of the Detective Murdoch series (adapted as Murdoch Mysteries)


About the Author

Wright, Eric - won the City of Toronto Book Award, the John Creasey Memorial Award, and four Arthur Ellis Awards. In 1998 he was presented with the Derrick Murdoch Award for lifetime contributions to Canadian crime writing. (read more)

Books by the Author

Finding Home - Eric Wright
ISBN 9781897151112 | 5.5" x 8.5" | TPB | $22.95

After his wife asks him for a divorce, Will returns to England to attend his mother’s funeral. Guided by his nephew Fred, he embarks on a driving tour of the English countryside - while simultaneously taking Fred on a verbal tour across Canada. (read more)
Land Mine, The - Eric Wright
ISBN 9781770864603 | 5.125" x 7.625" | TPB | $20

World War II finally hits home, literally, when a German “land mine” destroys the roof of Derek's mother's London home, and they are forced to live with his grandparents. Then Derek discovers that his backyard air raid shelter has been taken over by a suspicious man who claims to be a British double agent. (read more)
Likely Story, A: A Joe Barley Mystery - Eric Wright
ISBN 9781897151860 | 5.5" x 8.5" | TPB | $21

The stresses of Joe Barley's job as a part-time instructor, as well as his personal life, are compounded by the disappearance of a member of the Hambleton faculty rumoured to be involved with a drug ring run by the Russian mob. (read more)

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