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Day

A Novel

by A.L. Kennedy

Day
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  • First Published:
    Jan 2008, 288 pages
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    Mar 2009, 288 pages

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Winner of the 2007 Costa novel award, Day is funny and moving, wise and sad - a dazzlingly original performance

In A. L. Kennedy's intense novel, Day, we meet Alfred Day, a man growing a mustache and trying to understand the panic, terror, disease and pain of war. World War II has ended, and the boys have come home, but some, like Alfie Day, have residual hurt, horrible dreams and regret. Alfie joined the Royal Air Force when he was 16 so that he could have adventure and get away from his father. He was captured after a failed bombing mission and imprisoned in Germany. After the war, he wanders home and gets a job in a bookshop because he loves to read. When an opportunity comes along to be an extra in a movie about a prison camp, Day takes the chance. His small job at the bookshop with Ivor, another walking casualty, can wait until he finds himself again, if that ...

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Alison Louise Kennedy was born in 1965 in Dundee, Scotland. After studying English and Drama at Warwick University, she served as Writer in Residence at Hamilton, East Kilbride Social Work Department, and Copenhagen University. She has edited various magazines in the United Kingdom, and has been a judge for the Mann Booker Prize (1996) and The Guardian First Book Award (2001). She was made a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2000. Granta nominated her as one of 20 "Best Young Novelists" in 2003. She is the recipient of the Encore Award (1995). In addition to her writing career, ...

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