The time: September 1941 to December 1944.
The place: a high-class English boarding school for boys near London.
Thirteen-year-old Harry Lockwood fights for survival at Markham College,
where the misuse of power by sadistic prefects creates a closed society
ruled by fear and violence. As if this is not enough, Hitler's bombardment
of Britain with terrifying V1 flying bombs and V2 ballistic missiles threatens
to destroy him. This is indeed a story of war, but it is also a story of loyal
friendship between four boys; of young love; of tragedy and joy.
Praise for Harry’s War
“Wuthering Heights, Goodbye Mr. Chips, and Pride and Prejudice took me to worlds I'd never have the chance to visit on my own.
Mr. Bradley has accomplished the same sense of adventure with this first in a Trilogy. I'm sorry to say this writer and his books
deserve far more attention than received thus far. Excellence should be rewarded in a writer's lifetime... At age 13, Harry Lockwood
sets out for his education at a prestigious English boarding school for boys. World War Two is in full swing... V1 and V2 bombs
threaten life and limb... the boys must suffer beatings and humiliations by sadistic prefects... With humor and determination born
of courage, Harry and his friends survive four years...Well written books and memorable characters are rare these days but Harry's War
is an exception to that statement.”
—Laurel Johnson, Midwest Book Review
“To the accumulated tradition of British boarding school literature... add Kingston Ontario author D. Edward Bradley's first-class,
auto-biographical novel, Harry's War... Harry develops from a 13-year-old ‘facing the prospect of his first term at a prestigious
English public school with mixed feelings’ in 1941 to a confident, mature young man of 17 in 1945... Perhaps there's a sequel ...
and if it's as good as this book it will be well worth reading.”
—Books in Canada
“The author brings forth the details of his own wartime experiences to enrich this story's setting. The characters are real and
believable, as is the dialogue. The pace was much faster than I had expected. In all, this was a delightful book.”
"Thrilling, intense and heartwarming ... as England is continually battered by German forces during World War II, Harry Lockwood
takes his first steps into his own war. His first year at the prestigious Markham College is a mix of excitement, fear and trepidation
as he makes new friends, becomes a victim to the sadistic traditions of the school and attempts to survive both wartime and adolescence...
Author D. Edward Bradley does a superb job of controlling the flow of this marvellous tale by easing the action with both humor and sadness.
You feel the emotions the characters feel; you see, in your mind, what they see... The kids grow and become adults right before your eyes.
Bradley uses few words to describe the setting but it is the exact amount needed to paint a vivid picture... If you love romance, action, strife,
perseverance and well written prose I highly recommend “Harry’s War.”
—Brian Knight, Premium Promotional Services