Day by A. L. Kennedy
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Alfie Day, RAF airman and former World War II POW, never expected to survive the war. Now, five years later and more alone than ever, Alfie finds himself drawn to unearth those strange, passionate days by working as an extra on a POW film. What he will discover on the set about himself, his loves and the world around him will make the war itself look simple.

Funny and moving, wise and sad, Day is a truly original look at the intensity and courage to be found in the closeness of death, from one of Britain's most iconoclastic and highly acclaimed young writers.

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About A. L. Kennedy

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A. L. Kennedy has published four previous novels, one book of non-fiction, and one collection of short stories, Indelible Acts. She has twice been selected as one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists and has won a number of prizes including the Somerset Maugham Award, the Encore Award and the Saltire Scottish Book fo the Year Award. She lives in Glasgow and is a part-time lecturer in creative writing at St. Andrews.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Published January 8, 2008 by Vintage. 290 pages
Genres: History, War, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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This novel takes the reader inside, or slightly outside, the mind of a former R.A.F. tail gunner.

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As Day's pilot steers the half-destroyed plane towards doom, "Yo can tell he's weary with holdin her and wants to go home and yo'd like to goo wum with him and he has such blue eyes the skipper like he's got all the morning sky inside his head."

Apr 06 2007 | Read Full Review of Day (Vintage Contemporaries)


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The Telegraph

But this is anything other than a tragic study of the effects of war, because as well as being a master-class in literary style, Day is informed throughout by steely wit and a roving intelligence, and it deservedly won the 2007 Costa Book of the Year award.

Jul 14 2008 | Read Full Review of Day (Vintage Contemporaries)

Christian Science Monitor

But the backlash from the public and this own supporters kept growing, and finally, after talking to some of Eagleton's psychiatrists, McGovern decided that his mental health was too fragile to be entrusted with the vice presidency.

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The Bookbag

So, four years after the war is over and four years after Alfie's spell as a prisoner of war has come to an end, he still hasn't adjusted to peace, or to individuality.

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Open Letters Monthly

Like the crew, like Day’s parents, and the madmen in the camp, Joyce, his love interest, represents primarily a need in Day – for acceptance, comfort, indeed quite simply for a love interest.

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New York Magazine

Starboard outer finally turning and she has to go, she couldn’t not, and so many noises in her great, hard, beautiful voice: the cycle of shivers and clatters inside her roar and something like the canter of horses—a dash of animals—and your hands feeling blurred but comfortable, resting on the b...

Jan 07 2008 | Read Full Review of Day (Vintage Contemporaries)

And of those third of voters who are convinced, convinced only begins to describe it: as one taxi driver told me this past August, “There’s aboot as much chance a’ that [independence] as o’ Jesus fallin’ off the cross!” The referendum — and it is only that, a referendum, not the act of declaring ...

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