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First Time Solo
First Time Solo

First Time Solo


256 Pages, 5 x 8

EPUB, $9.99 (US $9.99) (CA $11.99)

Publication Date: November 2014

ISBN 9781908754622

Rights: US & CA

Freight Books (Nov 2014)

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A distinctive debut novel by a mature new voice sheds light on a previously neglected aspect of war, its casualties and victims, and those forces unleashed by a conflict that changed the world foreverIt's 1943 and Jack Devine, a farmer's son from the rural North of Scotland, is finally called up to the RAF. Jack dreams of becoming a pilot, breaking hearts, and returning home a hero. The realities of training are very different, with boredom, bullying, and casual violence the norm. Drawn together by a love of jazz music, Jack makes friends with Terry, a worldly Welshman dabbling in the black market; Joe, a fellow Scot and aggressive anti-fascist; and the public school educated Clive. The group form a jazz band to surprising acclaim and for a while an alternative future to that preordained for each seems possible. But the initial camaraderie soon gives way to simmering resentment as age-old tensions resurface. When one of the four dies in a suspicious flying accident, another in the group is suspected of murder. Jack must not only navigate the demands of pilot training, an errant girlfriend, constant redeployments, and a bloody war that is getting ever nearer, but also the ever-present danger closer to home and the increasing realization that the dice are stacked against those like him wishing to escape the shackles of the old order.


"hard to put down." —The Historical Novels Review

Author Biography

Iain Maloney writes about travel, literature, and music. A writer of fiction, non-fiction and poetry, he has been published in journals and anthologies around the world. In 2013 he was shortlisted for the Dundee International Book Prize.