The Dynamite Room: A Novel

The Dynamite Room: A Novel

by Jason Hewitt


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Accomplished, resonant and surprising ( Guardian) — a debut for fans of Summer of My German Soldier.

In July 1940, eleven-year-old Lydia escapes life as a child evacuee in Wales. She arrives home to her English village, gas mask in tow, only to find it abandoned. Her family's house is shuttered and empty. Lydia settles in though, determined to wait out the war.

Later that night he arrives: a wounded soldier, gun-wielding, heralding a full-blown German invasion. He says he won't hurt Lydia, but she cannot leave the house.

The unlikely pair coexists in their claustrophobic confines, becoming dependent on each other for survival. Lydia soon realizes that the soldier knows more than he should about her family — and that he's plotting something for them both.

Eerie, gripping, and incredibly moving, The Dynamite Room brings an original and contemporary resonance to the great tradition of war classics.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316327664
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 06/14/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Jason Hewitt is a novelist, playwright and actor. He was born in Oxford, and lives in London. His debut novel, The Dynamite Room, was long-listed for the Desmond Elliott Prize and the Authors' Club First Novel Award.

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The Dynamite Room 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Bookish1KP More than 1 year ago
Suspenseful and powerful, a novel of great depth of character and prose. The best book I have read in a long, long time. Handles question of redemption and whether a good heart can forever be besmirched. A wonderful novel with a different approach to World War II.
Bibliophile More than 1 year ago
This is the best book I've read so far this year! I usually do not enjoy books set in WWII, but loved this one. It is suspenseful, has wonderful characters and is well written. I would recommend this to anyone who liked "All the Light We Cannot See." I actually enjoyed this one more.