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Eight Hours from England

“As I climbed on I thought, 'This is the end then. I have often wondered how it would come. Now I know. Any moment a bullet will smack into me, and a khaki bundle that was Overton will go tumbling down the hill on to the beach . . .’ "

Autumn 1943. Realizing that his feelings for his sweetheart are not reciprocated, Major John Overton accepts a posting behind enemy lines in Nazi-occupied Albania. Arriving to find the situation in disarray, Overton attempts to overcome geographical challenges and political intrigues to set up a new camp in the mountains overlooking the Adriatic. As he struggles to complete his mission against the chaotic backdrop of battle, Overton is left to ruminate on loyalty, comradeship, and the futility of war.

212 pages | 5 x 7 3/4

Fiction

Reviews

“I loved this book, and felt I was really there."

Louis de Bernières, author of Captain Corelli's Mandolin

“As well as being one of our greatest actors, Anthony Quayle was an intrepid war hero and his autobiographical novel is one of the greatest adventure stories of the Second World War. Beautifully written and full of pathos and authenticity, it brings alive the terrible moral decisions that have to be taken by soldiers under unimaginable pressures in wartime."

Andrew Roberts, author of Churchill: Walking with Destiny

“Much more than a novel. . . . [It] is a faithful evocation of his searing experiences in Nazi-occupied Albania after he was sent there to assist the Resistance. One of the earliest accounts to be published by an ex-SEO officer, it remains a powerful study not only of the desperate dilemmas faced by occupied populations but also of the challenges faced by outsiders inclined to help."

Roderick Bailey, author of Forgotten Voices of the Secret War: An Inside History of Special Operations in the Second World War

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