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At Break of Day

(2013)
(The First of July)
A novel by

 
 
On the 1 July, 1913, meet four very different men leading four very different lives:

FRANK has secured an apprenticeship with Debenhams in London's Regent Street. Now all that he needs to crown his progress is a bicycle and a wife.

BENEDICT is an organist at Gloucester cathedral, with fellow-pupils Ivor Gurney and Ivor Novello. Benedict has synaesthesia - he hears in colour - is uncertain about God, women and his oldest friend, Tom.

JEAN-BATISTE is the fifteen-year-old of a Picardy widow. He makes plans for the day when he will row up-river to the coast and then to England. Meanwhile, he runs errands for the philandering local doctor, Vignon, whose stories he only half believes.

HARRY is the heir to a baronetcy. Estranged from his family, he has a successful life in New York and is engaged to be married. After eight years abroad he considers himself an American but has never quite persuaded himself to change nationality.

1 July 1916

Exactly three years later, it is just after seven in the morning, there are a few seconds of peace as the guns on the Somme fall silent and larks soar, singing over the trenches. What follows is a day of utter catastrophe in which British casualties number nearly 60,000. A horror that would have been unimaginable in pre-war England, France and America, becomes a day of reckoning for Frank, Benedict, Jean-Batiste and Harry.

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Title: The First of July: A Novel
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ISBN: 1-60598-497-3 / 978-1-60598-497-1 (USA edition)
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Title: The First of July: A Novel
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Title: At Break of Day
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Title: At Break of Day
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Title: At Break Of Day
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ISBN: 0-85714-731-5 / 978-0-85714-731-8 (UK edition)
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Title: At Break Of Day
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ISBN: 0-85714-732-3 / 978-0-85714-732-5 (UK edition)
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Title: At Break of Day
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Title: At Break of Day
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