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The celebration of allied victory following the end of World War II has transitioned into the mammoth task of restoration. Three people among the millions in Great Britain look to the future with diverse levels of aspiration.

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Much has been written about World War Two and the events leading up to its onset in September, 1939, but the characters featured in The Long Man are so diversified they offer five entirely different aspects of similar events during that time. As well, an intriguing tale is interwoven with historic fact. Published by Trafford Publishing, 2002. Title: The Long Man Publisher: Trafford Publishing Publication Date: 2002 Binding: Paperback Book Condition: Good. ISBN 10: 1553953061, ISBN 13: 9781553953067. View all copies of this book. 1. Published by Trafford Publishing. ISBN 10: 1553953061 ISBN 13: 9781553953067.

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Cambridge University Press, 2008. What does the book aim to do? It aims to extend and improve the accuracy of your vocabulary and help you prepare for the IELT5 test. It introduces vocabulary through listening and reading texts that reflect the materials used in the IELTS test. Learning new words in context can help you to remember them and also helps you to understand their meaning. This book also gives you opportunities to practise new words so that they can become part of your active vocabulary. Who is it aimed at? The book is designed for students working alone who want to revise and extend their vocabulary.

Much has been written about World War Two and the events leading up to its onset in September, 1939, but the characters featured in The Long Man are so diversified they offer five entirely different aspects of similar events during that time. As well, an intriguing tale is interwoven with historic fact. The fear of detection is a constant companion to Janine Parke, an experienced agent and civilian pilot working for British Intelligence. She is torn between her loyalty to England and her native France when Nazi occupation threatens both countries. Of her clandestine operations, she can tell no one. Claude Simone, a Parisian Jew, has partnered Janine for some years, and poses as an Englishman named Ben Boniface in the village of Long Bottom (fictitious) where they both live--he, renting a room at Mallory Cottage and she, residing with her husband, son, and daughter on their estate named Flint House. Claude is coerced into becoming a double agent by a German named Beatrix Dierick in order to guarantee his parents' safety in Paris. While normally intolerant of children, he nonetheless becomes fond of Kate Hawkins, a ten-year-old who has been evacuated from London to Mallory Cottage and who has an extraordinary talent for drawing. He is extremely concerned when she sketches a good likeness of Dierick. Of his clandestine operations, he can tell no one. Yvonne Parke, Janine's daughter and also an experienced pilot, is ferrying operational aircraft for Air Transport Auxiliary when she is approached by members of the Free French in London to carry out a mission for them in France. Prior to her involvement with the Free French and due to an arrangement made by Ben Boniface, she takes the family's river boat to Dunkirk in order to rescue entrapped British and French soldiers from the beaches there. But of her clandestine operations, she can tell no one. David, Yvonne's brother, is shot down and badly burned during the Battle of Britain. During the long months of treatment, Kate sends him amusing letters and drawings which are greatly instrumental in promoting his recovery. With weakened hands he is unable to return to a fighter squadron but instead joins a Special Operations squadron involved in the delivery and retrieval of British agents in France. Of these duties, he can tell no one. Kate's youthful misconceptions offer innocent humour, yet her unusual involvement with the Parke family creates the link that draws the five characters and the network of the plot together. As well, the reader will experience the often concealed terror of a child suffering through the duration of a dreadful war.
As a young teen when World War Two started in 1939 with the German Blitzkrieg overrunning Poland and sharing the spoils with Hitler's erstwhile ally, the Soviet Union, I was aware of the major events by listening to the radio with my father and seeing the headlines in the evening paper. But until I read Pauline Furey's historic story, written as a novel, of her experiences and observations living in England during that time I had little appreciation for the level of individual effort and national unity and spirit which stirred the Englishmen ( and women ) to give their "blood, sweat and tears" in defense of their island home as they faced the seemingly overwhelming forces of the Luftwaffe and threat of invasion.

To refresh your memory of what was happening more than 70 years ago after the Germans and Russians each occupied their half of Poland there was relative quiet on all fronts. The French and British Expeditionary Forces, which included Spitfire and Hurricane squadrons, were stationed behind the Maginot Line which extended from Switzerland to Luxembourg. The German Army with their Stuka dive bombers and armor divisions were deployed behind the Siegfried Line and there was very little action. It was quickly labeled the "Phony War " until Germany invaded Norway in April 1940. France was next and by May 1940 a mass exodus from Paris to the south was underway as French vehicles and pedestrians jammed the roads fleeing the enemy. Even worse the British Expeditionary Army, along with French forces were entrapped at the Dunkirk coastline with nowhere to go but into the sea.

At this moment with the entire British Army of 300,000 men and their equipment about to be killed or captured Pauline Furey gets into the heart of her story. From a viewpoint in United States the rescue of those forces was seen as a great feat by the Royal Navy, and it was, but we had no idea how it was really carried off since there were no piers or docks at Dunkirk and no way to get the troops from the beach to the deep water where the warships waited.

Ms. Furey employs her writing skill to explain in a vivid, but a completely accurate account, of how the British were able to get this mass of troops off the beach. In the words of Furey as Yvonne Parke ( the 18 year daughter of Henry and Janine Parke who had the helm of the family's 36 foot cruiser Summer Solstice approached the beach at Dunkirk "....look at them poor bloody mongrels up on the beach... Yvonne saw a an assortment of domestic dogs, some frantically trying to find a familiar hand to lick; others sitting forlornly high up on the beach away from the falling shells; while some lay still, stiffened and bloated....." Then as they moved into the shallow water and picked up the soldiers standing in line her only companion and deck hand shouted to those left behind, " we're full, we'll deliver this load to the destroyer and come right back..."

The four Parkes are the principal characters as her novel moves along with the "Battle for Britain" and David Parke flying a Hurricane fighter, his sister Yvonne becoming a ferry pilot and delivering Spitfires from the factory to the RAF fields, their mother, also an aviatrix, going into France to work with the Free French and the father Henry a surgeon in London.
Her description of the German Buzz Bombs, forerunner of the Tomahawk missile, and the V-2, the first Ballistic missile is a chilling reminder of how it all started and where it will end is something we should be thinking about.

There is also another part of this story and that is the focus on the British program to evacuate the children from London and other cities as the terror bombing campaign unfolded in 1940. Pauline Furey, with great understanding, almost as if she were Kate Hawkins herself, age 12, who is shipped out of London to a village in southeast England, is terribly homesick and meets members of the Parke family. I will let the reader enjoy this story as it unfolds without my comments as an especially tender heart warming relationship develops between Kate and the Parkes.

It should be of interest to American readers that this book is held in a special place in the hearts and minds of Englishmen and a copy of The Long Man sits proudly in the museum at The Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead. I think it will become clear as you read this personal account of those days of Britain's Finest Hour why this book is held in such high esteem in the British Isles.

Finally, my wife and have an grand daughter who just turned 17, and who is an avid reader and has a lively interest in politics and history. We are giving her a copy of The Long Man with the admonition that she not only read this novel to better understand the history of those critical days early in WW ll but also, and just as important, how people, and a nation united, conducted themselves in times that truly tried men's souls.

Thomas W. Schaaf Sr.
This truly was an "I didn't want to put it down book." Ms. Furey writes from her experiences as a child during WWII, and the amount of research and dedication comes through in a delightful and entertaining way. It's very unusual for one book to appeal to all types of readers - and this one certainly does. I recommend it highly .
I thoroughly enjoyed this historical novel. I knew what the women in America were doing for WW II, Rosie the riveter, Plane Spoters, Red cross workers and canteen volunteers.
What amazed me was the active and brave work of the women in England and France. How families fought the enemy and worked seperately and together.
I was fasciated with the lives and interaction of the people in this book and will look forward to reading the next book.
The Long Man ebook
Pauline Furey
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Trafford Publishing (December 19, 2002)
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