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‘It is regretted that hope of saving lives… must be abandoned.’Admiralty signal to C-in-C Plymouth, 1610 hrs on 3 June 1939
As the shadow of Nazism descends on Europe, Britain at last begins to prepare her defences. Trials start for a new class of submarine in the mouth of the Clyde.
Royal Navy submariner Rufus Chalk, on board as an observer, has misgivings. There are technical problems, small enough in themselves but together possibly dangerous.
On this first dive in the open sea, with numerous observers on board, if there were an accident the precious air supply would last only half as long as normal…
Written by acclaimed naval veteran Alexander Fullerton and based loosely on the tragic loss of H.M. Submarine Thetis in Liverpool Bay in 1939, Not Thinking Of Death is an unputdownable novel.
‘The most meticulously researched war novels that I have ever read’ Len Deighton
‘The scene of battle is quite overpowering’ Sunday Times
‘His action passages are superb, and he never puts a period foot wrong’ Observer
‘What le Carré is to the spy genre, Fullerton is to naval warfare’ South Wales Echo
‘The finest of modern writers about naval warfare’ Manchester Evening News