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That Quiet Earth: A First World War Tale (Hardback)

WWI Historical Fiction

By Bruce Fellows
Imprint: Pen & Sword Fiction
Pages: 196
ISBN: 9781783831807
Published: 31st May 2014
Last Released: 22nd May 2014



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George Bridge has a secret, a wrong he did a lifetime ago that he must confess. Back in the summer and autumn of 1918 he lived life at a pitch he never experienced again; any moment could have been his last. He was a pilot in the RAF.

Day after day, George and his friend Billy Love fight for their lives. Just nineteen, they have everything to live for, but flying three miles above France, its kill or be killed and machine guns, Fokkers and a long burning fall haunt their dreams.

At home their families wait; and so do their girls. Billy loves Jessica. Constance loves George. But who does George love?

Then Billy flies into history and nothing is ever the same again.

That Quiet Earth is rich in the kind of 'boys own' descriptions of combat that characterise this kind of fiction, but underlying the novel is an astute study of madness; the insanity of the war itself and the personal decline of tormented young Billy Love.

As featured on BBC Radio Bristol and Clifton Life Magazine.

What particularly marks this story out as one which should become an epic of First World War aviation stories is the quality of the research that has so clearly gone into the writing and the vivid pictures it paints of a time long past, now beyond living memory. ... It is a great read.


An easy and pleasant read...spending an evening with 'That Quiet Earth' is worthwhile. Recommended.

Over the Front

Another novel, set on a SE5a squadron. The author, also a CCI member, has researched the background quite thoroughly and his descriptions ring true.

Cross & Cockade International
 Bruce Fellows

About Bruce Fellows

Bruce Fellows has written several short pieces for Bristol’s Show of Strength Theatre Company; a play, ‘Rabbit Ears’, for Theatre West; and for South Gloucestershire’s Brass Works Theatre, two stage adaptations of classic novels: ‘The Mystery of the Hound of the Baskervilles’ and ‘Kidnapped’.

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