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Bobby's War

(2020)
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An inspiring and uplifting tale of women on the home front, for fans of Nancy Revell and Vicki Beeby. By the author of Lily's War.

On the ground, the crowd of men stood with their mouths agape, watching the wings soar into the air, the tail kept impressively steady and the small plane with a woman at the controls disappearing into the May sunshine.

It's 1942 and Bobby Hollis has joined the Air Transport Auxiliary in a team known as the 'glamour girls' - amazing women who pilot aircraft all around the country.

Bobby always wanted to escape life on the family farm and the ATA seemed like the perfect opportunity for her. But there's always something standing in her way. Like a demanding father, who wants to marry her off to a rich man. And the family secrets that threaten to engulf everything.

As Bobby navigates her way through life, and love, she has to learn that controlling a huge, four-engined bomber might just be easier than controlling her own life . . .

'What a brilliant read! Shirley Mann has given such a well-researched and comprehensive picture of the lives of the courageous women of the ATA, and Bobby is a wonderful heroine. Brave, clever and opinionated, I absolutely loved spending time with her.' Ginny Bell, author of The Dover Cafe at War

'Shirley Mann has given us in Bobby Hollis an inspiration. Plucky and resourceful as she delivers her WW2 aircraft, Bobby is exactly the sort of person you'd want at your side in real life today. This is a perfect read when all you want to do is curl up to enjoy a lovely novel. Brava!' Kitty Danton, author of The Evacuee Christmas

'Rich in period detail, nostalgia, intrigue, romance and the realities of life in a perilous and unpredictable corner of the home front, Bobby's War is a saga full of history, heart and our proud national heritage.' Lancashire Evening Post

Don't miss Lily's War, available now, and Hannah's War, coming in ebook October 2021 and paperback March 2022. Pre-order now.

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Readers are already loving Bobby's War:

'I loved this book. A fabulous read.' Netgalley reviewer

'If you love family sagas based in the war, this is the book for you.' Netgalley reviewer

'An emotional journey throughout.' Netgalley reviewer

Praise for Lily's War:

'[The story] read so true to me and I really didn't want to put it down . . . It may be fiction but those things could, and did, happen.' Vera Morgan, wartime WAAF

'An impeccably researched and uplifting story of love, loss and courage: a heartwarming read that will captivate all those who love a good war story.' Clare Harvey, author of The Gunner Girl

'A wonderful, inspiring story. I can't wait to read more from Shirley Mann.' Sheila Newberry


Genre: Sagas

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Paperback Editions

March 2021 : UK Paperback
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Title: Bobby's War: An uplifting WWII story of a female ATA pilot. Winner of the RNA romantic saga award (Memory Lane)
Author(s): Shirley Mann
ISBN: 1-83877-222-7 / 978-1-83877-222-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Zaffre
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October 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Bobby's War
Author(s): Shirley Mann
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October 2020 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Bobby's War
Author(s): Shirley Mann
Publisher: Zaffre
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October 2020 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Bobby's War
Author(s): Shirley Mann
Publisher: Zaffre
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October 2020 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Bobby's War
Author(s): Shirley Mann
Publisher: Zaffre
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

January 2021 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Bobby's War (Memory Lane)
Author(s): Shirley Mann
Publisher: Zaffre
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October 2020 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Bobby's War: An uplifting WWII story of a female ATA pilot. Winner of the RNA romantic saga award
Author(s): Shirley Mann
Publisher: Zaffre
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU