Narrated By: Sam Woolf
Duration: 6 hours and 47 minutes
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SHORTLISTED FOR THE FIRST EVER BOOKER PRIZE IN 1969
Two men are on the run. They have four hundred miles to go across hostile territory. Soldiers on the ground track them day and night, a helicopter circles above, life becomes a second-by-second fight for survival. Each muscle movement, drop of sweat, glance and instinct matters. Every second counts.
Through long slogs across country, risky raids for supplies, moments of sheer panic, and under the intense pressure to survive, an unbreakable bond between two men is forged. This stunningly written, adrenaline-pumping novel is a little-known classic of its genre.
'Masterful and beautifully written. Riveting and compellingly authentic. Grips you like a vice from the first page and never lets you go' Damien Lewis
'England's prose has the tough, spare elegance of steel scaffolding... a brilliant achievement' The Times
© Barry England 1968 (P) Penguin Audio 2020
War, combat & military fiction
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Masterful and beautifully written. Riveting and compellingly authentic. Grips you like a vice from the first page and never lets you go
Shocked through with dramatic tension
England's prose has the tough, spare elegance of steel scaffolding. His vocabulary is wide, and used with arresting precision. The speed of the narrative is impeccably controlled – long slogs over country, moments of blind panic, passages of demoralizing inactivity, hair-raising evasions, all building up to a central set-piece in a burning field... A brilliant achievement
Outstanding … I doubt if there has been a more impressive debut since William Golding’s