Exmouth library hosts launch of local author's new WW2 novel

PUBLISHED: 10:10 28 June 2018

Graham Hurley. Ref exe 2172-49-14. Picture: Simon Horn.

Graham Hurley. Ref exe 2172-49-14. Picture: Simon Horn.

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An Exmouth author is celebrating the launch of his new novel exploring the endeavours of an ex-Royal Marine and a German fighter pilot during World War Two.

The cover of Exmouth author Graham Hurley's new hardback, Estocada. Picture contributed.The cover of Exmouth author Graham Hurley's new hardback, Estocada. Picture contributed.

Graham Hurley’s new hardback, Estocada, will be the third volume in the writer’s World War Two series, The Wars Within.

A post-war Baby-Boomer, Graham says growing up in the aftermath of ‘huge conflict’ has influenced him as a writer.

He said: “My imagination was shaped at an early age by the novels and movies that came out of the war.

“After thirty years writing contemporary fiction it’s a real pleasure to try and imagine myself back in the shoes of a previous generation.”

Graham Hurley. Ref exe 2172-49-14. Picture: Simon Horn.Graham Hurley. Ref exe 2172-49-14. Picture: Simon Horn.

Graham explained one of the main challenges in writing about points in history, is attempting to ‘marry fiction with fact’ for the reader.

He said: “Get the small print right, put real people on the page, generate a plot that feels authentic and hopefully you’ve taken the reader hostage until the final page.”

Estocada, which is the Spanish term for the matador’s final thrust that kills the bull, begins in the mountains of Northern Spain during the Civil War.

It features young German fighter pilot, Dieter Merz, and an Ex-Royal Marine, Tam Moncrieff.

The latter finds himself co-opted by MI5 in a 1938 bid to make contact with top figures in the German military and is appalled by Hitler’s ‘reckless determination’ to plunge the continent into another world war.

Merz and Moncrieff share the final third of the book, with Hitler’s personal aircraft in the gun sights of the young Luftwaffe ace.

Estocada’s book launch will take place at 7pm, on Wednesday, July 4, at Exmouth Library.

Senior library supervisor, Beatrice Coveney, said: “We’re delighted to host the evening here in Exmouth Library.

“Local writers and readers are very important to us and we love to be able to offer opportunities for local people to get together and discuss new books.

“The event is open to everyone, we’ll have wine and nibbles and everyone will have a chance to buy a book.”

After making a name for himself in UK crime fiction, Graham says he has welcomed the change of focus to ‘something more historical’.

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