Billy’s War

| October 5, 2015


Billy's War

WHAT CAN BEING AT WAR MEAN TO A NINE-YEAR OLD? Not much, you might think, but if the boy in question is a war orphan…

A child in war-torn Britain embarks on a quest to rediscover his lost happiness

The date was Thursday 8 May 1941. Britain had been at war with Nazi Germany for 19 months.

Billy Frecknall was only nine years old, but what a character he turned out to be! Like many boys of his age, Billy to all intents and purposes no longer had a Dad, because his father had enlisted in the army in the early days of the war, and Billy and his Mum didn’t even know where he was.

But that night saw the biggest air raid Billy’s home town of Nottingham had experienced, and there were many casualties, including Billy’s Mum. Billy was fortunate to survive, but life as an orphan, especially an orphan being brought up in an apparently hostile family, left a lot to be desired.

˃˃˃ What could a little boy in that situation do? Grin and bear it?

That would be the only option for many. But what if the little boy in question is resilient, resourceful, intelligent and, above all, driven? Driven by a desire which becomes an obsession, and aided by the innocence of a child of his time,which meant that he trusted everyone until he had reason to think otherwise, he sets off to find his Dad.

In the course of his quest he faces up to many obstacles that would have caused a less resourceful boy to blanch and give up, but he doesn’t – and he is blessed also with a charisma that makes most people he encounters take his side without hesitation.

If you read his story, you’ll quickly see why Billy captures so many hearts and, with all the odds apparently stacked against him, wins his war.

˃˃˃ Here are some readers’ reactions from around the world:

“Readers will love the way Tony weaves a thrilling story. He captures the changing mood in the air raid shelter as cheerfulness gives way to fear as the bombs fall closer, and tugs at the heart strings as he describes Billy’s despair when told his mother Molly had been killed.” [Review, Nottingham Post]

“I got to page 5, closed my eyes and was immediately on the morning of May 9th 1941. I got up and found my mother and father downstairs talking about bombs which had fallen during the night. It brought back memories as though it was happening at the time – strange feeling.” [Elderly reader in Nottingham, UK]

“As a unpublished writer reading Billy’s War has spurred me on to retire and get on with the passions in my life, research and writing.” [Reader in New Zealand]

“The author may be an octogenarian but he is blossoming into a very competent fiction writer. I eagerly await his next book.” [Amazon UK Reviewer]

˃˃˃ And the latest review on the Amazon UK site: 5.0 out of 5 stars 26 April 2015 “This is one of the best books I have read”, by Sandra Wright

“This is one of the best books I have read, I really enjoyed the story line, I felt for Billy all through, he was only a young lad but life was not so good, after losing his mum the way he did, it was heartbreaking. But after this his only wish was to find his dad, did he or didn’t he… I would say it’s a book you must read, great.”

˃˃˃ Billy’s War is dedicated to the memory of the…

… twenty-three people who really did lose their lives in the air-raid shelter in Dakeyne Street, Nottingham on Thursday 8 May 1941, killed by German bombs which the author, himself eight years old at the time, heard falling from the safety of his home not more than two miles away.

So what are you waiting for? Buy a copy now and join the swelling ranks of those who have loved this book!

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