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Costa Book Awards Best Novel
Saltire Literary Awards Best Book
Alfred Day wanted his war. In its turmoil he found his proper purpose as the tail-gunner in a Lancaster bomber; he found the wild, dark fellowship of his crew, and - most extraordinary of all - he found Joyce, a woman to love. But that's all gone now - the war took it away. Maybe it took him, too. Before Hitler and the bombs he was a boy in Staffordshire, helpless to defend his mother, to resist his abusive father. The RAF gave him order, skills, another family and a way to be a man. It taught him how to burn through lifetimes on night ops and brief, sweet leaves, surviving the unsurvivable. But it didn't prepare him for capture, for the prison camp and the chaos as the war wound down. It didn't prepare him for an empty peace. Now it's 1949 and Alfred is doing the impossible again, winding back time to see where he lost himself. He has taken the role of an extra in a Pow film. Shipped out to Germany and an ersatz camp, he picks his way through the cliches that will become all that's left of his war and begins to do what he's never dared - to remember. He is looking for some semblance of hope: trying to move forward by going back. A superbly realised novel about the brutal simplicities of war - of horror, and the camaraderie found in the closeness to death - and a moving exploration of the complexities of human emotion, "Day" is a wonderful piece of storytelling: the freight of history and humanity carried effortlessly by the beauty of the writing. For previous readers of A.L. Kennedy's books the dark humour, close observation and thrillingly original language will come as no surprise; for new readers, this novel will be a revelation.

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January 2008 : USA Hardback
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Title: Day: A novel
Author(s): A L Kennedy
ISBN: 0-307-26683-4 / 978-0-307-26683-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf
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September 2007 : UK Hardback

Title: Day
Author(s): A L Kennedy
ISBN: 0-7531-7878-8 / 978-0-7531-7878-2 (UK edition)
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August 2007 : Canada Hardback
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Title: Day
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ISBN: 0-88784-769-2 / 978-0-88784-769-1 (Canada edition)
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April 2007 : UK Hardback
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Title: Day
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ISBN: 0-224-07786-4 / 978-0-224-07786-6 (UK edition)
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March 2009 : USA Paperback
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Title: Day (Vintage Contemporaries)
Author(s): A L Kennedy
ISBN: 0-307-38631-7 / 978-0-307-38631-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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August 2008 : Canada Paperback
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Title: Day
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ISBN: 0-88784-808-7 / 978-0-88784-808-7 (Canada edition)
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June 2008 : UK Paperback
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Title: Day
Author(s): A L Kennedy
ISBN: 0-7531-7879-6 / 978-0-7531-7879-9 (UK edition)
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February 2008 : UK Paperback
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Title: Day
Author(s): A L Kennedy
ISBN: 0-09-949405-1 / 978-0-09-949405-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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Audio Editions

April 2008 : UK Audio CD
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Title: Day
Author(s): A L Kennedy
ISBN: 1-84657-156-1 / 978-1-84657-156-5 (UK edition)
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April 2008 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Day
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Publisher: Random House AudioBooks
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April 2008 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Day
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December 2008 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Day
Author(s): A L Kennedy
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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January 2008 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Day (Vintage Contemporaries)
Author(s): A L Kennedy
Publisher: Vintage
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September 2007 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Day
Author(s): A L Kennedy
Publisher: House of Anansi Press
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