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The Birdcage

A novel by

The city of Salonika in the First World War: a kaleidoscope of nationalities, cultures and political ambitions, shifting and re-forming around a richly-varied group of English men and women, who have been blown here by many different winds: young nurses from a Women's hospital; seasoned soldiers, pulled back from Gallipoli; a young art student - talented but uncouth - who is surprised into love of Elsie, a doughty young nurse; Isabel, the slightly ageing beauty of the Surrey Hills, who finds she is not immune to the glamour of a Serbian officer with nothing to lose and little to offer; 'Simple' Simon, who pursues spying and antiquarian studies with equal enthusiasm; the Kite Balloonists, who must trade off any ideas of chivalry towards the enemy against the need to survive in a world so foreign to them.

This city more than half-Jewish, which - until a few months ago - was one of the jewels of the Ottoman crown, is now suddenly Greek. Nominally neutral, it teems with French, British and Serbian armies. A city brimming with intrigue, where cafe society pursues its way unperturbed, within earshot of the fighting, it is the Casablanca of WWI.
It's a breathless ride - eccentric, comic, moving, enthralling. Welcome aboard...

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Hardback Editions

July 2014 : UK Hardback
Title: The Birdcage
Author(s): Clive Aslet
ISBN: 0-9536647-1-6 / 978-0-9536647-1-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Players' Account
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Paperback Editions

June 2016 : UK Paperback
Title: The Birdcage
Author(s): Clive Aslet
ISBN: 1-910985-00-7 / 978-1-910985-00-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Sandstone Press Ltd
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Kindle Editions

June 2016 : UK Kindle edition
Title: The Birdcage
Author(s): Clive Aslet
Publisher: Sandstone Press
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July 2014 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: The Birdcage: a novel
Author(s): Clive Aslet
Publisher: Cumulus
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