Their Finest

Their Finest

Large Print - 2017 | Large print edition
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It is 1940. France has fallen, and only a narrow strip of sea lies between Great Britain and invasion. The war could go either way and everyone must do their bit. Young copy writer Catrin Cole is drafted into the Ministry of Information to help write women into propaganda films -- something that the men aren't very good at. She is quickly seconded to the Ministry's latest endeavor: a heart-warming tale of bravery and rescue at Dunkirk. It's all completely fabricated, of course, but what does that matter when the nation's morale is at stake? Since call-up has stripped the industry of its brightest and best, it is the callow, the jaded, and the utterly unsuitable who must make up the numbers: Ambrose Hilliard, third most popular British film-star of 1924; Edith Beadmore, Madame Tussauds' wardrobe assistant turned costumier; and Arthur Frith, whose peacetime job as a catering manager has not really prepared him for his sudden, unexpected elevation to Special Military Advisor. Now in a serious world, in a nation under siege, they must all swallow their mutual distaste, ill-will, and mistrust to unite for the common good, for King and Country, and in one case for better or worse.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Gale Cengage Learning, 2017
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781410498854 (paperback)
1410498859 (paperback)
Branch Call Number: LP FIC EVANS
Characteristics: 673 pages (large print) ; 22 cm


From Library Staff

April 19, 2018, 2pm @ Auburn Library

Book seeks an adult reader who likes England during WWII, where the films are inspirational and the people who make them anything but.

April 2017. Starring Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin and Bill Nighy.

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IndyPL_NatalieB Dec 11, 2018

A great book with a wide range of emotions from hilarious to devastatingly sad. I usually read a book before watching it's adaption, but in this case, visualizing the characters in the movies enhanced the reading experience and made it more enjoyable.

May 28, 2017

A good read, but it took a while for the plot to "ripen" and get interesting. Also some characters were better drawn than others. But the terror and horror of living through the Blitz in London during 1940 and 1941 were vividly described. Also includes a lot of fascinating detail on the gritty, time-consuming and very unglamorous details of movie-making.


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