by Giles Foden
The D-day landings - the fate of 2.5 million men, 3000 landing craft and the entire future of Europe depends on the right weather conditions on the English Channel on a single day.
A team of Allied scientists is charged with agreeing on an accurate forecast five days in advance.
But is it even possible to predict the weather so far ahead? And what is the relationship between predictability and turbulence, one of the last great mysteries of modern physics?
Wallace Ryman has devised a system that comprehends all of this - but he is a reclusive pacifist who stubbornly refuses to divulge his secrets.
Henry Meadows, a young maths prodigy from the Met Office, is sent to Scotland to discover Ryman's system and apply it to the Normandy landings.
But turbulence proves more elusive than anyone could have imagined and events, like the weather, begin to spiral out of control.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 368 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber
- Publication Date: 30/06/2007
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780571205271
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Review by polarbear123
Great page turner of a book. Interesting narrative written by someone remembering their own past as they undertake a seperate journey. The action climaxes well and there are some really intersting characters with lots of ups and downs to get your teeth into. Well worth a read and an interesting ending also!
Review by Eyejaybee
This novel proved to be a lovely example of serendipity at its gleeful best. I really bought this as a bit of a gamble, choosing it as the third of a "3 for 2" offer at Waterstone's. However, it proved to be an excellent choice. Set in the run up to the D-Day invasions it tells of the challenges that the Allies faced in determining ...when they would have the best weather window in which to send their armada across the Channel. The principal character is Henry Meadows, a meteorological mathematician, who is sent to see if he can convince conscientious objector Professor Ryman to explain his legendary ratio of potential to kinetic energy which determines the evolution of local and global weather systems. Ryman is clearly modelled on Lewis Fry Richardson, and Foden's handling of Fry's immensely complex maths is masterful. Did they find a suitable day for the invasion? Was the eventual invasion successful? Don't worry, I won't give away the ending!