ABOUT THEIR FINEST
In 1940, every draft of every film script had to be approved by the Ministry of Information. Cast and crew were waiting to be called up at any moment, travel was restricted and filming was interrupted by regular bombing raids. And so it is that we find a disparate group of characters whose paths would never have crossed in peacetime: Ambrose Hilliard, a washed up old ham from the golden era of silent movies; Catrin Cole, formerly an advertising copywriter drafted in to ‘write women’ for the Ministry of Information; Edith Beadmore, a wardrobe assistant at Madame Tussauds; and Arthur Frith, peacetime catering manager turned wartime Special Military Advisor.
This distinct group find themselves thrown together in the wilds of Norfolk to ‘do their bit’ on the latest propaganda film – a heart-warming tale of derring do, of two sisters who set out in a leaking old wooden boat to rescue the brave men trapped at Dunkirk. All completely fabricated, of course, but what does that matter when the nation’s morale is at stake? Newly crowned actor, script-writer, costumier and military attach must swallow their mutual distaste, ill-will and mistrust and unite for the common good, for King and country, and – in one case – for better or worse…
WHO FOUND A COPY OF THEIR FINEST?
ABOUT LISSA EVANS
Lissa Evans grew up in the West Midlands. She comes from a family of voracious readers and spent most of her adolescence in the local library, thus becoming well read if not wildly popular.
After studying medicine at Newcastle University, she worked as a junior doctor for four years, before deciding to switch to a career in which she wasn’t terrified the entire time; five years producing and script editing radio comedy followed, and then a further five years producing and directing for television, where her programmes included ‘Room 101’ and ‘Father Ted’. Eventually, after a decade of running a red pencil through other people’s work, Lissa began to write something of her own.
Her first novel, ‘Spencer’s List’ was published in 2002, and since then she has written three other novels for adults, and three for children. She lives in London with her husband and two daughters. She still reads voraciously.