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Goshawk Squadron [Paperback]

Derek Robinson
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3 Jan 2013

World War One pilots were the knights of the sky, and the press and public idolised them as gallant young heroes.

At just twenty-three, Major Stanley Woolley is the old man and commanding officer of Goshawk Squadron. He abhors any notion of chivalry in the clouds and is determined to obliterate the decent, gentlemanly outlook of his young, public school-educated pilots - for their own good.

But as the war goes on he is forced to throw greener and greener pilots into the meat grinder. Goshawk Squadron finds its gallows humour and black camaraderie no defence against a Spandau bullet to the back of the head.


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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: MacLehose Press (3 Jan 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857052241
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857052247
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 110,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Derek Robinson does for the Royal Flying Corps what the War Poets did for frontline soldiers' Sarah Edworthy, Daily Telegraph.

'Fit to sit on the same shelf as Waugh and Heller ... Robinson's recreation of the exhausted savagery of 1918 is truly shocking' Mike Petty, Slightly Foxed.

'Robinson mixes the action with cynicism and hard-bitten humour that has you halfway between tears and laughter. Biggles was never like this' Express.

'Robinson is probably the best novelist ever to write about fighter combat: surprising, hyper-realistic and very, very dark' Spectator.

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1918. World War One pilots were known as the knights of the sky, and the press and public idolised them as gallant young heroes. At just twenty-three, Major Stanley Woolley is the old man and commanding officer of Goshawk Squadron. He abhors any notion of chivalry in the clouds and is determined to obliterate the decent, gentlemanly outlook of his young, public school-educated pilots - for their own good. But as the war goes on he is forced to throw greener and greener pilots into the meat grinder. Goshawk Squadron finds its gallows humour and black camaraderie no defence against a Spandau bullet to the back of the head.


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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book Out of sync. 29 Dec 2012
By Boswell
Format:Paperback
First let me assure you that this is probably the most readable account of the first world war in the air that I have ever had the pleasure to find.

Biggles it isn't !

However, it is a great deal more accurate to how it must have been.

The writing is up to Mr Robinsons usual excellent standard.

If, however, you want to get the best from the book and to begin to understand the mindset of the lead player ( Major Stanley Woolley ) you should first buy a copy of the other two books in what is effectivly a trilogy.

Begin with " War Story " and move on to " Hornets sting "

There is no doubt at all that the Goshawk Squadron cast will entertain, enthrall and sometimes surprise you, but be prepared to be moved by the finale !
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very good read 25 Feb 2013
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Faction put in a very readable way. The weaving of fact with fiction is delightfully done, even though some of the factual stuff might have been slightly 'adjusted' to fit the story
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 13 July 2014
By GrahamS
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Excellent book winding up a superb trilogy
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5.0 out of 5 stars In the cockpit with them 20 May 2014
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You can tell its Derek Robinson, as it could have been Piece of Cake if you changed the dates and aircraft ... but then the disaster of WW1 and the bravery or sheer insanity of the front line forces comes through ... wow.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GOSHAWK SQUADRON 2 April 2014
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Well written and although fiction gave a good insight into WW1 on an RFC airfield, at times even made me laugh at the madness that was WW1.
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...drily humorous, occasionally sad, frequently slightly controversial, always well written. Not his best ever, but certainly not a bad book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Goshawk Squadron 2 Feb 2014
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Very good end to the trilogy. At times went a little over the top with his cynical outlook but overall a good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars EXCITING AND AMUSING 26 Dec 2013
By TING
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DEREK ROBINSON NEVER DISAPPOINTS, AND THIS BOOK LIVES UP TO HIS HIGH STANDARDS. BOTH EXCITING AND AMUSING THE STORY WHIZZIES ALONG WITH A CAST OF CHARACTERS THAT ARE IN TURN, HEROIC, AMUSING AND OCCASIONALLY TRAGIC REFLECTING THE HAZARDOUS SETTING OF WAR TORN FRANCE DURING THE FIRST WORLD WAR.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A tedious war is hell fantasy
There is much enthusiasm about this book but I don't share it. Having read a number of memoirs and histories of WW1 aviation I was curious when this book was given to me as part of... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Pikeperch
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but somehow could not get into the story.
This book really in my opinion dealt with the behaviour of new and battle weary flyers in the first world war. Read more
Published 9 months ago by D. W. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Another good bookmby this writer
This is another excellent read , dealing with horrors of first World War and the early flyers. True to the authors style, heroes do not always win through or survive, it really... Read more
Published 10 months ago by John Newbury
4.0 out of 5 stars Catch 1918
(Please Note: I have written this review to cover all three books in the trilogy)

Derek Robinson is the author of "Piece of Cake" a fictional novel about an RAF... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Crookedmouth
4.0 out of 5 stars Another detailed and realistic description of how it was in WW1.
A gripping read which I found hard to put down with the realism of the grim conditions experienced by all those fighting and living in WW1.
Published 12 months ago by Michael Peter Landon
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth a go, but start with the first of the series
Found it difficult to get into at first, but thought it was the first in a series, so need to try again at the beginning. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Noname
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