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It is 1914. As war engulfs the British Empire, Royal Navy gunner, George Royal awaits his next ship in his home port where his best friend falls in love with beautiful Carrie, a woman with secrets. But, when she is attracted to George she brings the two men into conflict. Unprepared for war, Britain's leadership is severely tested. The Prime Minister is preoccupied with hi ...more
Paperback, 428 pages
Published by Libros International (first published December 9th 2011)
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Sep 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
Some two years before the outbreak of war, Prime Minister Asquith, 59, fell in love with 24-year-old Venetia Stanley. Married and a father of five, Asquith confided state secrets to Venetia. Alongside him were politicians and military leaders whose bickering and antagonism towards each other simmered and often affected the decision-making process during the war. Among these were Churchill, Admiral Fisher, Lord Kitchener, Bonar Law and Lloyd George. Naturally, the common soldier and sailor sent t ...more
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May 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
Over By Christmas by William Daysh is a war novel. It is also a superb novel in which real events, imagined histories, human relationships and politics intertwine. These elements are combined via a beautifully paced narrative whose use of multiple forms only adds to its clarity.

While naval battles of the first half of World War One are described, we encounter some of the politics that generate their necessity. We see the in-fighting and posturing around the desire to avoid responsibility. We sha
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