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The Long Flight Home

(2019)
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A USA Today Bestseller 

Inspired by fascinating, true, yet little-known events during World War II,
The Long Flight Home is a testament to the power of courage in our darkest hours—a moving, masterfully written story of love and sacrifice.
 
It is September 1940—a year into the war—and as German bombs fall on Britain, fears grow of an impending invasion. Enemy fighter planes blacken the sky around the Epping Forest home of Susan Shepherd and her grandfather, Bertie. After losing her parents to influenza as a child, Susan found comfort in raising homing pigeons with Bertie. All her birds are extraordinary to Susan—loyal, intelligent, beautiful—but none more so than Duchess. Hatched from an egg that Susan incubated in a bowl under her grandfather’s desk lamp, Duchess shares a special bond with Susan and an unusual curiosity about the human world. 
 
Thousands of miles away in Buxton, Maine, young crop-duster pilot Ollie Evans decides to join Britain’s Royal Air Force. His quest brings him to Epping and the National Pigeon Service, where Susan is involved in a new, covert mission to air-drop hundreds of homing pigeons in German-occupied France. Many will not survive. Those that do will bring home crucial information. Soon a friendship between Ollie and Susan deepens, but when his plane is downed behind enemy lines, both know how remote the chances of reunion must be. Yet Duchess will become an unexpected lifeline, relaying messages between Susan and Ollie as war rages on—and proving, at last, that hope is never truly lost.

“Hlad adeptly drives home the devastating civilian cost of the war.”
—Booklist

Genre: Historical

Praise for this book

"Tense, heartwarming and life affirming, The Long Flight Home gives a fresh slant on heroism in WWII." - Rhys Bowen

"I’ve always been fascinated by homing pigeons, and Alan Hlad makes these amazing birds and their trainers shine in The Long Flight Home—a sweeping tale full of romance and espionage, poignant sacrifice and missed chances, uncommon courage and the ongoing costs of war. A compelling debut told with conviction and great heart." - Paula McLain

"Based on true events, The Long Flight Home has everything I love in a novel—the sense of discovery, the epic drama of a life-or-death situation, and the soaring sense of hope gained from the depths of despair. It’s a gorgeous, impressive first novel by a hugely talented author." - Susan Wiggs


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September 2019 : USA Library Binding
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Title: The Long Flight Home (Center Point Large Print)
Author(s): Alan Hlad
ISBN: 1-64358-313-1 / 978-1-64358-313-6 (USA edition)
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June 2019 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Long Flight Home
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April 2020 : USA Paperback
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ISBN: 1-4967-2168-3 / 978-1-4967-2168-6 (USA edition)
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March 2021 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Long Flight Home
Author(s): Alan Hlad
ISBN: 1-66512-991-3 / 978-1-66512-991-6 (USA edition)
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June 2019 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Long Flight Home
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ISBN: 1-68441-770-8 / 978-1-68441-770-4 (USA edition)
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June 2019 : Audio CD
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Title: The Long Flight Home
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June 2019 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Long Flight Home Lib/E
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June 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Long Flight Home
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June 2019 : USA Audio edition
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June 2019 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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