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Louis de Bernières is the master of historical fiction which makes you both laugh and cry. This book follows an unforgettable family after the Second World War.

Daniel Pitt was an RAF fighter in the First World War and an espionage agent for the SOE in the Second. Now the conflicts he faces are closer to home.

Daniel's marriage has fractured beyond repair, and Daniel's relationship with his son, Bertie, has been a failure since Bertie was a small boy. But after his brother Archie's death, Daniel is keen for new perspectives. He first travels to Peshawar to bury Archie in the place he loved best and then finds himself in Canada, avoiding his family and friends back in England. But some bonds are hard to break. Daniel and Bertie's different experiences of war, although devastating, also bring with them the opportunity for the two to reconnect. If only they can find a way to move on from the past.

Louis de Bernieres's new novel is a moving account of an extraordinary life in extraordinary times. Daniel is a flawed but captivating hero, and this coming-of-old-age story illuminates both the effect of two world wars on a generation and the irrepressible spirit and love that can connect people despite great obstacles.

©2020 Louis de Bernieres (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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Wonderful Novel

Yet another marvelous novel by de Berniers. I, be read everything he’s written over the years. This is a wonderful end to the British trilogy. Thoroughly enjoyable audiobook, too. The reader was perfect in tone & pitch. Highly recommended.

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  • 03-06-21

Amazing culmination of the series

An amazing culmination of the series interweaved with lovely flecks of the whole LDB cannon. He knows how to shape characters and push emotions expertly.

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  • MR S PAGE
  • 02-21-21

Magnificent

A fitting end to the trilogy. Yet another triumph for L de B. Having moved swiftly to this, the final book from the second I was not disappointed. Continuing the wonderful character detail, the book is an emotional tour de force. Very well read by the "narrator". Highly recommended.

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  • DESMOND FLANNAGAN
  • 02-07-21

Delightful and engaging read

Terrific story although I realised this is the last in a trilogy.. It is wonderfuly threaded into the lives of wonderful characters who have all in their own way been changed after the 1st and 2nd world wars

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  • JM Bradley
  • 11-18-20

Outstanding

I have a new favourite Louis des Bernieres book. A wonderful story told beautifully by David Sibley.

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  • Robin
  • 03-07-22

Another great read from Louis de Berniers

Carries on the story from The Dust That Falls From Dreams and So Much Of Life Left Over.If you enjoyed them you will enjoy this.

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  • Lynda Thompson
  • 03-04-22

What a terrific wrap-up to the trilogy

I hated finishing this wonderful saga. Amazing characters and loved the cameo appearances of character's from his other books.

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  • Mark
  • 02-12-22

Excellent Trilogy

I absolutely loved this trilogy and the final instalment of the 'Ace' is beautifully rendered. Although it is shot through with sadness and loss it is not overwhelmingly melancholy. It seemed to me to proclaim that life is a mixture of luck, be it good or bad, circumstances and the ability, or not, to make the most of it. Honesty, living in the moment and loving those around you seemed to me to be the big messages I took from the books. I would love to see the characters on the small screen in a series adaptation by Amazon that would breath new life into amazing characters living fascinating lives in turbulent times.

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  • JR
  • 02-09-22

Wonderful Trilogy

My only disappointment with this book (and the previous 2) is that it’s finished. I feel like I’ve lived Daniel’s life with him, a long, rollercoaster of a life. Moments where my heart was in my mouth and tears in my eyes, followed by joy. LdB creates vivid characters, even minor ones, from the mundane to wildly eccentric. David Sibley’s narration is the icing on the cake.

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  • Jackie
  • 09-04-21

I wholeheartedly recommend the Trilogy.

From Book One page one to the last page of this the third & final book, i loved it Daniel Pitt is a Giant for me, brave, intelligent & most of all, loving & compassionate in an age where it was unusual to find these characteristics. The first book opens with the death of Queen Victoria & the children grow up in the Halcyon days of King Edward to the outbreak of W1. From the beginning, i loved the fact hat the three families that the story is based on, came from different Countries. The author researched his story meticulously& i also loved the history of different continents & cultures through most of the 20th Century. His characters were beautifully eccntric but believable- all in all, a more than satisfying ‘read’

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  • Colin
  • 08-30-21

A little underwhelming

I did listen to all three of these audiobooks, so clearly was willing to invest time into this lengthy family saga.
I have loved so many of de Bernieres books and think he is a master story teller, and he has done a pretty good job with this, but it just didn’t have the wow factor that so many others do. The characters were strong and well written, but it just kind of meandered along like an old river. It was a comfortable and pleasant journey.