What the readers say

The following is a selection of comments expressed by readers of the original (Italian) version of Wingwatch, published on the amazon site for the book.

I enjoyed every page...
I read very few fiction titles, and received this book as a present. Because I have a huge interest in the Normandy Invasion - indeed I make my living as a tour guide, I thought I would prefer the chapters of the book set in 1944 and initially that was the case. But, within a few pages it was the modern story that began to reel me in. I found myself intrigued by the whole sequence of events and coincidences and how the back story of the wristwatch came alive. I cannot fault the WWII detail in any way and I praise the easy to follow writing style of this first time novelist. I enjoyed every page and finished the book in just two sittings. Paul Woodadge

The chime of history
The quick, lean narrative style lets the facts do the talking, drawing the reader into an ever-increasing vortex of emotions. The novel, built atop a powerful basis of real events (beginning with the night before D-Day), demonstrates an in-depth knowledge of the reality in which its characters interact. A book that, despite being set within the confines of history, manages to overcome its limitations, developing into a timeless fable. (...) Wingwatch manages to restore, where it is much needed, the ties that each generation ought to firmly maintain with that which came before it, and with the stories that have been passed on to them. Francesco DC

Wingwatch is a (...) journey through time, a story that winds its way through past and present, a puzzle whose pieces fit together perfectly. And just like a puzzle, as it starts to come together, the story becomes more and more compelling, in a crescendo of emotions and unusual events which lead the reader to identify with the main character – fate seems determined to entrust this mission to him, and you genuinely want to be there to see it through to its conclusion. (...) Reading the reconstruction of the events on D-Day was very exciting, and the moment in which past and present come together thanks to a simple watch that links them together, even more so. Antonio.

A journey between past and present
The dramatic events that watch given to a British paratrooper bore witness to during the Normandy landings are brought to light seventy years later by a young boy. The part of the book dealing with the historical description of the landings is well told and accurate; the book alternates between chapters set in 1944 and those in 2014, allowing the reader to immerse himself first in the events of the past and then in the future. This lets the reader bring together all the various clues and understand all of the adventures the watch and those who have owned it have gone through. The storytelling is fluid and simple and the novel practically reads itself. Freddie

Well written in parts
A nice book, shame that in a few parts I was unable to grasp its full significance – there are too many bits that have nothing to do with the rest of it. In any case, the watch plays a different role to what I expected (perhaps better, as this meant I had a surprise), essentially being more of sentimental value than any real use in military strategy. Excellent story, the well-rounded characters and interesting descriptions make it a book worth considering. starl

Between past and present
The modern-day part of the story, about C├ędric, his wife and the young Gilbert, is ably interwoven with the tale from another time, a time of war. (...) The writing style, although simple and direct, is extremely well-crafted, both in its form and in the meaning of the words (...) The accuracy of detail with regards to past events and the information given demonstrates the amount of painstaking research that the author must have done before he wrote the novel. (...) It is, in my opinion, a unique historical work that manages both to jog readers’ memories and remind them of what they already knew, bringing history to life in the present. Codi

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