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Keep the Home Guard Turning

(1968)
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Summer, 1940.

Far from the paternal eye of the War Office, the inhabitants of Great Todday and Little Todday, as yet unaware of the possibilities of whisky-filled wrecks off their coasts, have weighty matters to consider.

Hitler is on the rampage.

Undoubtedly his first objective will be the Hebrides, and just as certainly the men of the two Toddays will stick at nothing, face any hardship and any difficulty - provided it does not interfere too seriously with their daily lives - to defend their beloved islands from the invader.

Such vital domestic matters as an unmatched left-footed army-issue boot, Sergeant Campbell's bellicose but non-military mother, and the devious ways of the Military Permit Office, not to mention the age-old rivalry between Great and Little Todday, rather interrupt the important business of training.

But like their English counterparts, the islanders muddle through.

The men of the two Toddays, ably seconded by their wives and daughters, can rise to the occasion, and in 'Keep the Home Guard Turning' they show the spirit that made even Little Todday great.

Praise for Compton Mackenzie:

"In Mr Mackenzie's best comic vein" Glasgow Herald

"Altogether a most hilarious affair" Sunday Times

Sir Compton Mackenzie, OBE (/kmptn mknz/; 1883 - 1972) was a prolific writer of fiction, biography, histories and memoir, as well as a cultural commentator, raconteur and lifelong Scottish nationalist. He was one of the co-founders in 1928 of the Scottish National Party and was knighted in 1952.

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Genre: Thriller

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Hardback Editions

December 1968 : UK Hardback
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Title: Keep the Home Guard Turning
Author(s): Sir Compton Mackenzie
ISBN: 0-7011-0929-7 / 978-0-7011-0929-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
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Paperback Editions

February 1972 : UK Paperback
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Title: Keep the Home Guard Turning
Author(s): Sir Compton Mackenzie
ISBN: 0-426-06314-7 / 978-0-426-06314-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: TBS The Book Service Ltd
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Kindle Editions

October 2014 : USA, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Keep the Home Guard Turning
Author(s): Compton Mackenzie
Publisher: Lume Books
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