Author(s): Sara Knox
The Orphan Gunner is a romance between two young Australian women, set in Bomber Command in Lincolnshire during the Second World War. Its great strengths are its delicate treatment of the hesitation and openness which marks the relationship between the two young women; and its extraordinary grasp of historical detail, which brings the wartime atmosphere to life in the most vivid way. It is a novel that explores the seductions of passing, the license granted by risk, and the selflessness ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ and selfishness ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ of sacrifice.
Shortlisted for Commonwealth Writers' Prize Best First Book - SE Asia and South Pacific 2008.