Review From User :
I go back a long way reading Leslie Thomas,The Virgin Soldiers leading me to a lifetime of enjoyment thanks to Leslie,
I felt it was time to revisit a few of his novels. (Probabley all of them!)
The Dearest and the Best is a really interesting story of England at the outbreak of World War 2.
It captures the resilience of the public trying to do their bit for the country.
The Dunkirk spirit, the Home Guard, The Battle of Britain, and bombing raids across the coastal areas and London.
He weaves all of this together with some great characters as always
A nostalgic return to a wonderful author.
In the spring of 1940, the spectre of war turned into grim reality.
And on the English home front, men, women and children found themselves swept into a maelstrom of fear and uncertainty while events abroad led inexorably from the debacles of Norway and Dunkirk to the horror and glory of the Battle of Britain.
For the Lovatt family – James, seconded on a hush-hush assignment to work with Churchill, and his brother Harry, a naval officer – for Bess Spofford, Joanne Schorner, Graham Smit and all the inhabitants of the history villages of the New Forest, it was the beginning of the most bizarre, funny and tragic episode of their lives.