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Reviews of

Citizen Sailors

The Royal Navy in the Second World War


‘This impressive human history of the Royal Navy begins the long overdue process of putting it back at the heart of the war effort’ (Independent)


‘Prysor does for the sailors of the Royal Navy what Patrick Bishop did for the RAF in Fighter Boys... He reminds us of their extraordinary contribution to our survival’ (Daily Express)


‘Impressive, highly readable and often moving’

(BBC History Magazine)


‘An absorbing read’ (Literary Review)


‘Full of terrific stories’ (Sunday Times)


‘Excellent... captures the soul of the men who were there’

(Navy News)


‘Skilfully weaves together a coherent “people’s history of the sailor’s war”... Fresh and compelling.’ (TLS)


‘Breathtaking skill... freshness and force... Prysor makes the Navy of the Second World War intensely personal, vivid, and vital’ (Military Times)


‘Reads extremely well, with a gripping narrative that explains the unfolding of the war whilst weaving in moving and vivid personal accounts... This is a book that manages to fuse the strategic with the human and the social with consummate skill, and in so doing it delivers a multi-faceted understanding of the war at sea as well as a poignant reminder of the way in which society has lost its “sea vision”.’

(Nautilus International Telegraph)

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