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Alfred Day wanted his war. In its turmoil he found his proper purpose as the tail-gunner in a Lancaster bomber; he found the wild, dark fellowship of his crew, and - most extraordinary of all - he found Joyce, a woman to love. But that's all gone now - the war took it away. Maybe it took him, too. Before Hitler and the bombs he was a boy in Staffordshire, helpless to defend his mother, to resist his abusive father. The RAF gave him order, skills, another family and a way to be a man. It taught him how to burn through lifetimes on night ops and brief, sweet leaves, surviving the unsurvivable. But it didn't prepare him for capture, for the prison camp and the chaos as the war wound down. It didn't prepare him for an empty peace. Now it's 1949 and Alfred is doing the impossible again, winding back time to see where he lost himself. He has taken the role of an extra in a Pow film. Shipped out to Germany and an ersatz camp, he picks his way through the cliches that will become all that's left of his war and begins to do what he's never dared - to remember. He is looking for some semblance of hope: trying to move forward by going back. A superbly realised novel about the brutal simplicities of war - of horror, and the camaraderie found in the closeness to death - and a moving exploration of the complexities of human emotion, "Day" is a wonderful piece of storytelling: the freight of history and humanity carried effortlessly by the beauty of the writing. For previous readers of A.L. Kennedy's books the dark humour, close observation and thrillingly original language will come as no surprise; for new readers, this novel will be a revelation.

 
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Hardback Editions

January 2008 : USA Hardback
Title: Day: A novel
Author(s): A. L. Kennedy
ISBN: 0-307-26683-4 / 978-0-307-26683-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf
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September 2007 : UK Hardback
Title: Day
Author(s): A.L. Kennedy
ISBN: 0-7531-7878-8 / 978-0-7531-7878-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Large Print Books
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January 2007 : UK Hardback
Title: DAY
Author(s): A. L. KENNEDY
ISBN: 0-224-07786-4 / 978-0-224-07786-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: JONATHAN CAPE LTD
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2007 : Canada Hardback
Title: Day
Author(s): A. L. Kennedy
ISBN: 0-88784-769-2 / 978-0-88784-769-1 (Canada edition)
Publisher: House of Anansi Press, Inc.
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Paperback Editions

March 2009 : USA Paperback
Title: Day (Vintage Contemporaries)
Author(s): A. L. Kennedy
ISBN: 0-307-38631-7 / 978-0-307-38631-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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November 2008 : Canada Paperback
Title: Day
Author(s): A. L. Kennedy
ISBN: 0-88784-808-7 / 978-0-88784-808-7 (Canada edition)
Publisher: House of Anansi Pr
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April 2008 : UK Paperback
Title: Day
Author(s): A. L. Kennedy
ISBN: 0-09-949405-1 / 978-0-09-949405-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage Books USA
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Audio Editions

April 2008 : USA Audio edition
Title: Day
Author(s): A. L. Kennedy
Publisher: Random House AudioBooks
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9999 : UK Audio CD
Title: Day
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ISBN: 1-84657-156-1 / 978-1-84657-156-5 (UK edition)
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Kindle Editions

January 2008 : USA Kindle edition
Title: Day (Vintage Contemporaries)
Author(s): A. L. Kennedy
Publisher: Vintage
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