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The Air Raid Book Club

The most warm-hearted, uplifting story of war, friendship and the love of books
  • Author
    • Annie Lyons
Regular price £8.99
Regular price Sale price £8.99

Anticipated publication date

Feb 29, 2024

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'Touching and heartwarming . . . get those tissues ready' - Jill Mansell

'A warm and tender tale about the power of books' - Ruth Hogan

As the bombs began to fall, the book club kept their hopes alive...

London, 1938. Bookseller Gertie Bingham is facing difficult times, having just lost her beloved husband, Harry, and with a lingering sadness at never having been able to have a child of her own. Struggling to face running the bookshop she and Harry opened together, Gertie is preparing to sell up and move away when she is asked if she would be willing to take in a young Jewish refugee from Germany. Gertie is unsure and when sullen teenager Hedy Fischer arrives, Gertie fears she has nothing left to give the troubled girl.

But when the German bombers come and the lights go out over London, Gertie and Hedy realise that joining forces will make them stronger, and that books have the power to bring young and old together and unite a community in need in its darkest hour...

Readers adore The Air Raid Book Club:

'I loved this . . . a sweet and nourishing ode to books that historical fiction fans will love' - Kate Thompson

'A charming, uplifting story of resourceful women and the healing power of books' - Clare Chambers

'Tender, touching and utterly heart-warming' - Sarah Steele

'A wonderful story of strong female friendship and found family . . . I absolutely adored it' - ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Real reader review

'Beautiful and moving in a way that we need right now' - ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Real reader review

'A beautiful depiction of a community striving to survive together' - ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Real reader review

'A gentle, heartwarming read' - ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Real reader review
  • Published: Feb 29 2024
  • ISBN: 9781035401062

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Press Reviews

  • Ruth Hogan

    A warm and tender tale about the power and healing of friendship and community and the magic of books . . . Annie writes her characters with humanity, humour and respect and their stories will stay with me for a very long time. A wonderful, heart-warming read
  • Kerry Barrett

    Full of heart . . . Annie Lyons has cleverly woven the horror and heartbreak of war with the resilience of human nature, the strength of love, and the importance of friends . . . satisfying, funny, uplifting . . . A fabulous story, perfect for fans of Lissa Evans and AJ Pearce. I adored it.
  • Celia Anderson

    Annie Lyons has the rare gift of bringing an unfamiliar world alive in such a way that the reader drops right into the heart of the action . . . This is a book to be read and re-read - each time there will be something new to discover . . . a triumph
  • Fiona Lucas

    If you're looking for a warm and nostalgic read, The Air Raid Book Club will definitely be your cup of tea. This story of love, bravery and found family is heart-wrenching and utterly charming. I sobbed my way through the final chapters.
  • Lisa Timoney

    This story of grief, community, friendship and the restorative power of books, is charming, witty and thoroughly absorbing from first page to last. Gertie is the very best of heroines: feisty and compassionate. I adored following her and Lyons' cast of colourfully drawn characters through the desperate landscape of the Second World War to the swooping joy of an ending which left tears rolling down my face. This book is exactly what we need right now to remind us that, with kindness, love and compassion for our fellow man, there is always light beyond the darkness
  • Beezy Marsh

    I devoured it . . . and was caught up in the world of Gertie and Hedy and the Book Club in WW2, turning the pages to find out more . . . a beautifully written story and a book full of heart.
  • Sarah Steele

    A tender, touching and utterly heart-warming tale, set against the horrors of the Blitz. Readers will adore Gertie and Hedy
  • Clare Chambers, bestselling author of Small Pleasures

    A charming, uplifting story of resourceful women and the healing power of books
  • Laura Carlin

    Immersive and thought-provoking . . . Through the agony of grief and the darkness of war, Annie weaves persistent hope . . . a triumphant success!
  • Kate Thompson

    I loved this . . . a sweet and nourishing ode to books that historical fiction fans will love
  • Miranda Dickinson

    The Air Raid Book Club is a total gem of a book - it completely swept me away
  • Jill Mansell

    I loved The Air Raid Book Club . . . Gertie and Hedy are wonderful characters and their intertwined stories are just so touching and heartwarming. What a beautiful novel this is. And as for that ending . . . get those tissues ready