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I found this lovely 1942 edition for £3 in a second hand book shop There was something quite magical about reading a book printed in 1942, and set in 1942 it was like a snapshot into history What life was like during the war, when it had been going on for three years, was getting everyone down, no one knew how much longer it would last, of if the allies would win There was a great moment when one of the protagonists said that even if they did win it would just be a world split between the US and Russia, which is exactly what did happen.The story itself was a little spy story set in the midlands, in a small town with rather a lot of espionage due to the munitions factory near by It was short and not terribly mysterious but I still really enjoyed it Definitely one I would recommend I liked it so much I started another Priestly right afterwards. A tidy little spy story set in a town in the midlands in England during the second world war What can I say, it held my attention and I enjoyed the journey.
Another reread This story was written, set, and published in 1942 It is one of the only two, to my knowledge, stories by JBP in the crime/espionage/thriller genre As it's set in wartime England it probably helps to know that JBP served in WWI moving through enlisted ranks on the front line to a commission and was injured In WWII he was one of those trained as Scallywags to be assassins and saboteurs in case the Germans succeeded in landing in the UK The story is slow to start (the first 100 would only warrant at best 3 stars) but the central character is a Canadian working for the British counterespionage unit He has been sent to a midlands industrial town where it is known that German agents are active Several of JBP's normal character types and settings appear The overt story is very dated naturally but the story in the subtext is as valid today as nearly 80 years ago. І хоч книга зачитана до дір ще в підліткомому віці, деякі твори читала наче вперше Звісно, це не стосується Небезпечного повороту, чи Дядя Філ і телевізор, чи улюбленого Мій дебют в опері, але кілька розповідей стали для мене відкриттям Що в принципі, чудово :) Humphrey Neyland, a Canadian civil engineer, is doing counterespionage work for the British government in the midst of World War II He doesn't have much to live for when he comes to the small industrial town of Gretley, where information is leaking to the Germans Among the people he meets are several beautiful women, but Neyland is not interested in how beautiful they are, just in how suspicious As he wades in to find the mastermind who had one of his contacts killed, he also finds that maybe he does have something to live for after all Priestly's strong feelings about the War and about the economic system are clearly expressed. It surprises me when I discover a new book by an author I know, and I'm familiar with Priestley This is an exciting read, shades of Buchan's Mr Standfast and Graham Greene's Ministry of Fear A briskly written WWII thriller, full of interesting types, English settings, adventures, crisp dialogue Clever set pieces not unlike those in Hitchcock's The 39 Steps Atmosphere that reminds me of Launder Gilliat's Green for Danger I'm halfway through, so it may lose some of its snap before the end It includes the familiar prejudices of the time Why have I never heard of it? Why is it out of print? Why wasn't it made into a film? Priestley subtitled this A story ofandfor wartime The story centres around and is told in first person by a spy catcher in a small northern industrial town The story is rather downbeat, the darkness of the blackout pervading the whole story Although there are some laughs along the way this is all pretty serious by Priestley's standards we really do feel that the Nazi menace can be found almost anywhere. Bettie's Books (FREE) â Blackout in Gretley ½ Blackout In Gretley by JB Priestley Goodreads Blackout In Gretley book Readreviews from the world s largest community for readersBLACKOUT IN GRETLEY Livres NotRetrouvez BLACKOUT IN GRETLEY et des millions de livres en stock surAchetez neuf ou d occasion Blackout In Gretley J B Priestley Free DownloadBlackout In Gretley by J B Priestley Publication dateTopics BBC Radio Reading, Book at Bedtime Language Englishpart reading of Priestley swartime thriller Humphrey Neyland, a Canadian civil engineer, is doing counter espionage work for the British government in the midst of World War II He doesn t have much to live for when he comes to the small industrial town ofBBC RadioBook at Bedtime, Blackout in Gretley Blackout in Gretley Book at Bedtime Anton Lesser reads from JB Priestley s atmospheric wartime thriller, set in a Midlands industrial town during the blackout Available now There are currentlyBlackout in GretleyPriestley, J BBlackout in Gretley PaperbackOctby J B Priestley Author Visits J B Priestley Page search results for this author J B Priestley Authorout ofstarsratings See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editionsPrice New from Used from Hardcover Please retryPaperback Please retry HardcoverBlackout in Gretleyedition Open LibrarylignesBlackout in Gretley by J B Priestley, unknown edition, Open Library is an initiative of the Blackout in gretley Etsy Check out our blackout in gretley selection for the very best in unique or custom, handmade pieces from our shops