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The Arrow’s Arc

By John Wilcox

A dangerous love affair set in World War II

It is the winter of 1944. Bill Gladwin, a rear gunner from Wales, is on the final flight of his second tour of duty when his plane is shot down over occupied France. He is discovered and taken in by a tall, enigmatic Frenchman and his young, enchanting wife. Hidden behind barrels in their cellar, he hides from the Gestapo, and plans his escape.

But Gladwin has the oddest feeling that he’s met the Frenchman’s wife, Marie, before. He soon finds himself drawn, irresistibly, to her – against his better judgement, and in spite of the wife and baby daughter that are waiting for him back home. They start a passionate love affair, and Marie reveals to him the secret of their deep connection. Then Gladwin must leave, in the company of his cowardly pilot, Proctor, to embark on the long, dangerous journey back to England. Will he make it safely back home, and will he ever see Marie again?

Rife with the detail of World War II flying and of occupied France, this is a novel of love, war, courage – and just a hint of the supernatural. Perfect for fans of The Time Traveler’s Wife and Ferney, or for anyone who enjoys stories of wartime escapes and heroism.

According to authorĀ John Wilcox, an inability to do sums and a nascent talent to string words together steered him towards journalism – that and a desire to wear a trench coat, belted with a knot, just like Bogart. After a number of years working as a journalist, he was lured into industry. In the mid-nineties he sold his company in order to devote himself to his first love, writing. He has now published, to high acclaim, twelve Simon Fonthill books, one Fonthill short story, two other novels and two works of non-fiction, including an autobiography.

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