Author(s): Stephen Walke
Shockwave grippingly charts the defining event of the 20th century, on its 60th anniversary. The countdown to Hiroshima and its horrific aftermath seen through the eyes of eyewitnesses. In this tense, real-life narrative of events unprecedented interviews with witnesses interweave in a tapestry of voices. They include the co-pilot who writes a minute-by-minute diary on board the Enola Gay. The atomic scientist who arms the bomb in mid-air equipped with a screwdriver and a spanner. The Japanese student desperately searching for his lover in the ruins of the city.
'Recounts in a riveting, readable style' -- Soldier 20050508 'Stephen Walker has produced a bravura performance ... the horror of what happened is almost impossible to bear' -- Focus 20050509 'A devastating story grippingly told, Shockwave also succeeds in being a compelling portrayal of human beings at work.' -- Lloyds List 20050805 'Somehow through the pages of this taut chronology the merest whisper of the enormity of it all comes through.' -- Word Magazine 20050901 'A simply riveting read. To have such a pivotal moment in human history described in terms of the fragile, brilliant and courageous people involved makes for a terrific book. The detail is always fascinating but the pace never slackens for a moment. It reads almost like a novel but it is the best kind of modern history. The subject is of vital, perhaps terminal, importance and you live every breathless second of it' -- Michael Buerk 'His ability to portray several angles at once provides the reader with a brilliant, if fractured lens through which to view the unfolding events' -- Financial Times 20050806 'Well researched and it does tell you everything you want to know about Hiroshima' -- The Sunday Times 20050731 'It is the human details that resonate the most...an utterly gripping work of micro-history' -- Evan Griffiths, Daily Express 20051202 'A stunning book, among the most immediate and thrilling works of history I have ever read.' -- Irish Times 20050806 'An exciting narrative' -- Herald 20050806 'Walker's account offers a timely and harrowing reminder (of the horrors of Hiroshima)' -- Scotland on Sunday 20050731 'His material speaks for itself' -- The Daily Telegraph 20050806 'A stunning chronicle of one of the 20th-century's defining moments.' -- Good Book Guide 20050801 'Walker is content to let the terrible story speak for itself ... offers a timely and harrowing reminder' -- Scotland on Sunday 20050814 'An extremely vivid piece of historical recreation' -- Taipei Times 20050724
Stephen Walker read Modern History at Oxford and went on to do a Master's degree at Harvard. He was a documentary maker for the BBC for twelve years and more recently for his own company, Walker George Films. He has also directed TV drama, written films such as Death and the Maiden with Ariel Dorfmann, worked as a journalist and written a book, King of Cannes.