One Author's Very Personal Tribute to the Men who Served with RAF Bomber Command During WWII

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Although author George Stratford's new novel, Buried Pasts, consists entirely of fictional characters and events, his inspiration to create this story came from an all too real source - his Canadian father, a pilot who was killed in action on the 19th July 1944 whilst serving with 78 Squadron, RAF Bomber Command. George was just six weeks old at the time.

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I am also the son of a Canadian Bomber Pilot killed in WWII and so have an affinity with this book. The story keeps you on edge the whole time. There are possibly thousands of us who lost their fathers when they were shot down and killed in the Bombers. We should all read this book. It would also make a tremendous film. Amazon.co.uk review.

Following the success of his first novel, In the Long Run, George was determined that his next published work would be his long-planned tribute to the father he only ever knew of through old photographs and his mother's recollections. (She actually worked at the once top secret Bletchley Park establishment, where the German Enigma Code was eventually broken.)

After meticulous research and more than a year of writing, George's 130,000 word labour of love was finally completed. Eager to gather feedback, he posted the opening chapters on the British Arts Council sponsored website, You Write On. The response was highly positive, with numerous glowing reviews posted by independent readers. These reviews, along with the opening chapters, can still be seen via this link to their website:

http://www.youwriteon.com/books/bookdetail.aspx?bookguid=de88b357-a8d9-46d6-9190-deb727f7c4fc

Satisfied that his manuscript was now ready for presentation, George became one of the You Write On author members to be published by the site. For many of these authors, this arrangement is intended as a launch pad and offers a shop window opportunity for mainstream publishers to assess and maybe take over any titles that particularly appeal to them.

Naturally, it is no coincidence that the central male character in Buried Pasts is a pilot from Manitoba, Canada, with a surname uncannily close to matching George's own. The same can be said of the fictional 79 Squadron featured in the story - so very close to the real thing.

"This is a book that keeps you up at night because you don't want to put it down. I really enjoyed all the different threads running through it, as well as how the author gets inside the mindset of how different people must have felt just after the war. This book will appeal to lots of readers: those that like whodunnits, thrillers, social history or just a good story. Amazon.com review."

A Brief Synopsis of Buried Pasts:

Nothing Stays Buried Forever

Even after eighteen years, Canadian pilot Mike Stafford still carries an overpowering sense of guilt over the death of his best friend following a huge RAF bombing raid on Berlin in 1944. Seeking some kind of closure, he is eventually persuaded to return to England for a first squadron reunion. But grave doubts as to the wisdom of his visit refuse to go away.

Siggi Hoffman, then a young German girl of twenty, also has terrible memories of a personal loss from that same night in 1944. She too is unable to forget. Nor has she ever been able to forgive. The fact that her sister did manage to come to terms with such issues many years ago and is now married to a former British soldier has led to a long and bitter estrangement between them.

When fate throws Stafford and Siggi together in a small north Yorkshire town during the summer of 1962, the past collides devastatingly into the present. And all the time, lurking ominously in the background is an unknown enemy intent on extracting violent revenge. Private demons are only one of the many problems that must be overcome when Stafford and Siggi find themselves fighting to survive.

As long buried secrets amongst former comrades are finally revealed, events reach a literally explosive conclusion.

"I am also the son of a Canadian Bomber Pilot killed in WWII and so have an affinity with this book. The story keeps you on edge the whole time. There are possibly thousands of us who lost their fathers when they were shot down and killed in the Bombers. We should all read this book. It would also make a tremendous film. Amazon.co.uk review."

Review copies of Buried Pasts are available for media use. Please contact Guy Rose at Futerman Rose & Associates Literary Agents. Film rights are also currently available.

Buried Pasts can be purchased through Amazon.com here:
http://www.amazon.com/Buried-Pasts-George-Stratford/dp/1849237999/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1245346604&sr=1-1

or Amazon.co.uk here:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Buried-Pasts-George-Stratford/dp/1849237999/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1245346273&sr=1-2

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