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Life During Wartime was the third Bernice Summerfield prose anthology published by Big Finish Productions. Throughout its 25 stories it tells the story of the Braxiatel Collection's occupation by the Fifth Axis and leads into the next audio story Death and the Daleks. This was the last Bernice Summerfield anthology to be edited by Benny's creator Paul Cornell.

Publisher's summary[]

The Braxiatel Collection has been occupied by the Fifth Axis. This shouldn't have happened: Brax picked this place to be safe, and surely he knows the history of time and space?

Bernice and her friends find themselves living under a military government. Bev joins the resistance. Adrian is thrown into a prison camp for aliens. Jason finds a comfortable little niche for himself in the new administration. Bernice's half-human son, Peter, is now under threat every minute of every day.

Bernice finds herself caught in the middle of the occupation, her old friends, and her desperate need to protect her child.

25 brand-new short stories all about Benny and her extended “family”: Jason, her ex-husband and all-round git; Irving Braxiatel, enigmatic owner of The Braxiatel Collection, a planetoid which houses a fantastic art and artefact gallery; Bev Tarrant, art thief and adventerurer; Adrian Wall, the Killoran architect and builder and father of Peter, Benny's son. These are the tales of how they, and the others that surround them, cope under a military occupation. How they face life during wartime...


Title Author Featuring
The Fall Paul Cornell
Careless Talk Justin Richards
The Birthday Party Simon Guerrier
Five Dimensional Thinking Nick Wallace
Meanwhile, in a Small Room, a Small Boy... Rob Shearman
Lockdown Conversations: 1 Paul Cornell
The Price of Everything Gregg Smith
Hit John Binns
The Garden of Whispers Martin Day
Lockdown Conversations: 2 Paul Cornell
The Crystal Flower Cavan Scott, Mark Wright
Midrash Ian Mond
Fear of Corners Mark Stevens
The Traitors Jonathan Morris
Paths Not Taken Rupert Booth, Barry Williams
Every Picture Tells a Story Jim Sangster
Fluid Prejudice Paul Ebbs
Suffer the Children Dave Stone
Drinking with the Enemy Jonathan Blum
Lockdown Conversations: 3 Paul Cornell
Passing Storms Peter Anghelides
Speaking Out Simon Guerrier
The Peter Principle Kate Orman
Lockdown Conversations: 4 Paul Cornell
A Bell Ringing in an Empty Sky Jim Mortimore


to be added

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