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The classic novel of the London Blitz, DARKNESS FALLS FROM THE AIR captures the chaos, absurdity and ultimately the tragedy of life during the bombardment.

Bill Sarratt is a civil servant working on the war effort. Thwarted at every turn by bureaucracy and the vested interests of big business, the seemingly unflappable Bill is also on the verge of losing his wife Marcia to a literary poseur named Stephen. As the bombs continue to fall, Bill must decide whether he his willing to compromise his principles and prevent his life from crumbling before his very eyes.

Reviews

One of the hopes of British novel-writing . . . A writer of genius
John Betjeman
The missing writer of the Forties . . . Balchin's professional skill gives a meaning to brilliance which the word doesn't usually possess
Clive James, NEW REVIEW
[An] inexplicably neglected author
THE TIMES
Balchin writes about timeless things, the places in the heart
Ruth Rendell, SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
Balchin has been absurdly overlooked for too long
Julian Fellowes
I'd place him up there with Graham Greene
Philippa Gregory
Darkness Falls from the Air [has] the most perfect ending of any story I've ever read
Patrick McGrath
A remarkable storyteller
DAILY MAIL
A brilliant novelist . . . A writer of real skill
NEW STATESMAN
He tells a story gloriously
DAILY TELEGRAPH
Balchin has the rare magnetic power that draws the human eye from one sentence to the next
EVENING STANDARD
Probably no other novelist of Mr. Balchin's value is so eminently and enjoyably readable . . . [He] never lets the reader down
Elizabeth Bowen, TATLER
Balchin has done so much to raise the standard of the popular novel
TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT
A superb storyteller
SUNDAY TIMES
Balchin can tell an exciting story as well as any novelist alive
SUNDAY CHRONICLE
The novelist of men at work
GUARDIAN
Mr. Balchin is a writer of such considerable and varied gifts . . . He is certainly one of the most intelligent novelists
TIME AND TIDE
He can always be relied on to give us the set-up magnificently
BBC
A little masterpiece like Nigel Balchin's The Small Back Room speaks to our own time, but with so much literary experience behind it
Shirley Hazzard
One of the best writers, and certainly one of the best stylists, to come out of the war years
Michael Powell
Perhaps the most successful British author to emerge during the war
SATURDAY EVENING POST