|Title:||A Time of Fire|
|Format:||mbr lrf azw lit|
|ePUB size:||1789 kb|
|FB2 size:||1464 kb|
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|Category:||Literature and Fiction|
|Publisher:||Macmillan Pub Ltd (October 1, 1995)|
Westall (Gulf, 1996, et. gives readers a strong taste of life in those perilous times, as the war comes to England and the English respond with matter-of-fact courage-but he's likely to lose readers, if not with the occasionally thick dialect, the plot's deliberate pace, or the standard issue cast (a schoolyard bully, two adopted wounded pets, and a. set of grownups who always say the right things, notably Sonny's patient, canny Granda, ever ready to dispense wisdom or reminisce at length), then with the general focus on adult conversation and relationships
A Time of Fire - The sky fell open. A sky full of brilliant yellow light, a world of noise that filled the ears like sand at the seaside, so that afterwards there was only total silence.
Westall was inspired to become a writer by telling his son Christopher stories about his experiences during the Second World War. His first book, The Machine Gunners, published by Macmillan in 1975, told a Second World War story about English children who find "a crashed German bomber in the woods complete with machine gun". It was adapted as a BBC television. A Time of Fire (1994).
It takes just a few seconds for the German bomber to drop its deadly explosives and vanish into the clouds. But those seconds change ten-year-old Sonny's life for ever. His mother is gone, killed by the bombing raid.
Robert Westall (1929-1993) is one of the best modern writers of ghost stories in the tradition of the great . James, and The Stones of Muncaster Cathedral, which won the Dracula Society's Children of the Night Award, is one of his finest. This volume also includes a second ghostly tale, 'Brangwyn Gardens', published here for the first time in the United States, and a new introduction by Orrin Grey. Three supernatural novellas by Robert Westall, hailed as the finest British author of ghost stories since . James, collected together for the first time. Why should three successive crews flying a Second World War bomber – Blackham's Wimpey – be driven to madness, despair, even death, though the plane returns from each mission without a scratch? 'A writer of disturbing brilliance' – Times Educational Supplement.
More than a decade after his death, Robert Westall retains his reputation as one of the most powerful writers for children. He was awarded two Carnegie Medals (for The Machine-Gunners and The Scarecrows) and used his own childhood experiences of the Second World War in his books. 2 years ago. Out Now! Out now! The Machine Gunners by Robert Westall, illustrated by Robert Westall. Published by Macmillan Collector's Library.
It is hard to answer that question because everything I have read so far has at least some redeeming quality of showing how the war impacted the lives of the children (and the occasional adult or animal.
Robert Atkinson Westall (7 October 1929, North Shields – 15 April 1993, Warrington hospital) is the author of many books, mostly fiction for children, though also for adults, and non-fiction. Many of his novels while supposedly aimed at a teenage audience deal with many complex, dark and in many ways adult themes. Robert Westall was born in North Shields, in 1929, and grew up there on Tyneside during the Second World War; wartime Tyneside is the setting for many of his novels, for which his own life was a great source and inspiration. After studying Fine Art at Durham University, then Sculpture at the Slade School of Art in London, he became an art teacher in Northern schools, including Sir John Deane's Grammar School, (now Sir John Deane's College), while also working as a journalist, dealing in antiques and serving as a branch director of Samaritans.