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The Gun Garden

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Malta 1942 - a thousand miles from friends, isolated, besieged, blitzed, bombed, desperately short of oil, ammunition, ships, aircraft, fuel, slowly being starved into surrender . . .

Into that hopeless situation, as a token the British attitude that attack is the best defence, fly two Wellington aircraft equipped with secret long-range radar. Their role is to find enemy convoys proceeding at night from Italy to Africa, and to lead a tiny naval force of cruiser and destroyer through the darkness to the unsuspecting target.

One is captained by a dedicated R.A.F. pilot, the other by a typical twenty-one-year-old.

Hastily trained, carefree, unwarlike, Peter Forrester is unwillingly pitchforked into this island of heroes - and heroines, for it is here he meets Miranda Black, daughter of a naval captain and a plotter in Barracca H.Q.

Far from being the usual tight-lipped R.A.F. story, this novel, climaxed by the mounting crescendo of a night battle at sea, is delicately balanced between love and war, between humour and sadness, between aircraft and ships, between guns and gardens.

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Hardback Editions

December 1973 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: Gun Garden
Author(s): David Beaty
ISBN: 0-436-03910-9 / 978-0-436-03910-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Martin Secker & Warburg Ltd
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Paperback Editions

June 2013 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: The Gun Garden (Bello)
Author(s): David Beaty
ISBN: 1-4472-4360-9 / 978-1-4472-4360-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bello
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Kindle Editions

June 2013 : UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Gun Garden (Bello)
Author(s): David Beaty
Publisher: Bello
Availability: Amazon UK   

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