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Shadows in a Photograph by David McMichael

Ordinary men and women, and their experience of the outbreak of war,are the inspiration behind Shadows in aPhotograph.Ariveting novel by David McMichael, it looks at acrucial time in Britain’s history –the first years after the outbreak of the Second World War–and is both an imagining of the lives of the men and women of the Royal Air Force and alove story. In particular,itfollows one man: Peter Waring.

Peter,anordinary citizen prior to the war,is posted to an RAF Bomber Station in Suffolk in 1940. He is troubled by personal conflicts; memories of tumultuous teenage years, secrets and family tensions plague him. In his new post, however,hemust also deal with new uncertainties: those dealt by the war. Peter is part of aBritain that is fighting for survival and he must learn to do his new job in spite of the turmoil surrounding him.

Understanding his past will hold the key to dealing with his present and future.

Shadows in aPhotograph (Austin Macauley Publishers) by David McMichael is available to purchase from selected online retailers.

We’ve been kindly donated one copy of this book by the author,David McMichael and to win the copy,simply send an email to the Envoy team at uk putting ‘Shadows in aPhotograph’ in the subject line by Friday 29th July 2016. Your email address will not be shared onwards. 

NEWS FROM THE HOME FRONT By Rachael de Moravia

Deployments, life in married quarters and moving, sometimes at short notice, to new counties or countries: these are all intrinsic aspects of life for military spouses. Less common, however,are accounts of life on this side of amilitary marriage.

This is agap that News from the Home Front seeks to fill. Amilitary spouse for almost fifteen years, Rachael de Moravia is very familiar with the lifestyle –the highs, the lows, and the unpredictable twists and turns – of the close friends and relatives of military personnel.

Rachael married her husband in September 2001, during aperiod that developed into apivotal time of changing global politics, international conflict and military action. Her husband, Jon, found himself on the way to Iraq before the honeymoon period

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was over,and has since completed nine tours of duty while raising a family with his wife.

While Rachael finds life as amilitary wife incredibly challenging at times, she has managed to become a successful journalist and writer and, later,asenior lecturer in journalism.

She is now applying her expertise and experience to the publication of News from the Home Front,her first book; further details and the opportunity to make apledge can be found via the link below: from-the-home-front

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