I read quite a lot, but every so often a book comes along about the last World War that makes one stop and stare at just how it must have been for the everyone involved, how it changed and affected them in a way most of us have completely forgotten. Our troops in the Middle East are kept insulated from us and we hear little about their war or how they are fighting it, but for most civilians in 1943, when this book is set, war was on the doorstep, loud, violent and destructive. It revolves around an American airbase and the nearby village: you can read the synopsis on Google. The author has written a number other books about the war and if they are as good as this one, they are worth reading.
Two other books that I hold very close are Len Deighton’s “Bomber” and Kate Atkinson’s “A God in Ruins”. This one is just as good.