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The Prisoner (Inglés)


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Tom and Iris watch the enemy aircraft coming down towards the trees and make up their minds to go hunting for souvenirs. But they find more than they had bargained for: the injured pilot, tangled in the tree by his parachute. And then the air-raid warnings sound and they all have to take shelter. While the two English children and the teenage German pilot are confined together, with the bombs falling around them, Tom and Iris listen to Martin's story. They come to realize that the real casualties of war are not only the soldiers, sailors, and airmen, but the old, the sick, the women, and the children - and that bombs don't care what side you are on.

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James Riordan was born in Portsmouth and lived through the Blitz as a young boy. After he left school he worked as a crate stacker, a railway clerk, and a double-bass player before doing his National Service in the RAF, where he learnt Russian. He studied Social Science and Russian at Birmingham University. During a five year stint in Russia, he played football for Moscow Spartak and worked as a translator. He is a retired Professor of Russian Studies at the University of Surrey, and Honorary Professor at Stirling University. James's literary career began with adult books. But he began writing for children when confined to his bed in the Ural Mountains for three days. Children who visited him told him folk-tales and he promised to write down their stories. He lives in Portsmouth.

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