Early Closing Day - Air Raids on Reading 1939-1945 by Mike Cooper £19.50 incl p&p                                                                                                      ISBN 978-0-9935512-15                                                                                         TO ORDER, PLEASE EMAIL scallopshellpress@yahoo.co.uk for details about payment and delivery.                                                                                IMPORTANT NOTICE. The author spotted an omission in Appendix 3. We are trying to contact as many people as possible so we can send them an erratum sheet either by email or post. If you have bought a copy and would like this please email me and I will send it to you.                                                                                                                                                                                                                            We have now done a reprint so any books ordered now will have the correction text.

This is the story of how the people of Reading faced the threat of death from the air, how the town organised its defences and cared for those who were bereaved and injured.  It is not just a moving tale of personal heroism but a book which will appeal to those interested in the technical details of the military machine from both sides in that fateful conflict.


Most of all it describes that fateful afternoon in February 1943 when so many people lost their lives, but not as many as would have been killed had it not been a Wednesday, early closing day.