Author Tags: Fiction, War
Elinor Florence of Invermere became a best-selling author upon publishing her first novel. Set during the Second World War, Bird’s Eye View (Dundurn 2014) is about an idealistic prairie farm girl who joins the air force and becomes an aerial photographic interpreter and views the war through a microscope. The protagonist, Rose Jolliffe, is part of an intelligence system that spies on the enemy from the sky from a converted mansion in England. When her commanding officer, Gideon Fowler, sets his sights on Rose, both professionally and personally, her prospects look bright. But can he be trusted? As she becomes increasingly disillusioned by the destruction of war, Rose’s world falls apart. Located about one mile north of London, the mansion where Rose works gets requisitioned by the Royal Air Force and renamed RAF Medmenham. Nowadays it’s a luxury hotel called Danesfield House.
Florence self-published a book of her original interviews with veterans titled My Favourite Veterans: True Stories From World War Two’s Hometown Heroes (self-published 2016).
Florence also maintains a remarkable, extensive blog called Wartime Wednesdays in which she shares her research into Canada's warttime history, concentrating on the two world wars.
Bird’s Eye View (Dundurn 2014) $24.99 9781459721432
My Favourite Veterans: True Stories From World War Two’s Hometown Heroes (self-published 2016)