The Navigation Log : Tom and William, identical twins, are born as the church bells ring out the armistice of 1918. They are so alike that their nurse has to tie a label around Tom's ankle to tell them apart. Overlooked by their preoccupied mother and adulterous father, the brothers' bond is close, even as Tom becomes fascinated with airplanes while William is drawn to his own internal flights as a burgeoning poet. By the time the Second World War casts its shadow across England, the boys have gone their separate ways. Tom is a Spitfire pilot, entangled in the romantic pursuit of a tempestuous female pilot, and William, a schoolteacher at an unorthodox elementary school, has fallen in love with a young doctor. As the war intensifies, the brothers' worlds widen - Tom dogfights high above the coast of Kent, while William accompanies his headmaster and students in a lunatic pilgrimage across the bomb-strewn ground below - and then converge at Canterbury Cathedral, where they will cross paths one last, unforgettable time. Through Corrick's eyes, England is viewed with affection, humor, and lyricism that comes close to elegy. Vivid and wonderfully inventive, The Navigation Log marks the debut of a masterful storyteller.