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  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Viking; 1st edition (15 Mar 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067091603X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670916030
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 4.7 x 24.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 516,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Flight Lieutenant John Nichol - Biography

www.johnnichol.com

During 15 years service in the Royal Air Force John Nichol served as a technician and, after being commissioned from the ranks, as a Tornado Navigator in both the Air Defence and Ground Attack roles. On active duty in the Gulf he was shot down on the first low-level, daylight raid of the first Gulf War. Captured and tortured, he was paraded on television provoking worldwide condemnation and leaving one of the enduring images of the conflict. He returned to active duty and was involved in policing the exclusion zone as part of the UN force maintaining the fragile peace in Bosnia. He has served around the world from the Nevada Desert to the Middle East and Norway to the Falkland Islands.

John is the best-selling author of Tornado Down, five novels, and the highly acclaimed WWII history books, The Last Escape, Tail-End Charlies and Home Run. He is in demand to give motivational lectures and after-dinner speeches and has worked with wide variety of businesses including BT, Shell, Lloyds Bank and The Stockholm School of Economics.

He has written for The Times, The Mail on Sunday and The Observer and is a widely quoted commentator on military affairs. He has also been a consultant and presenter for Newsnight, BBC, Sky & ITV News, World in Action, CNN and Cutting Edge. He devised and presented 2 series of Survivors, interviewing newsmakers who have been through life changing experiences. He recently wrote two major series for the Sunday Express, Heroes and Survivors. John's latest book, Medic!, charts the astonishing and deeply moving story of military medics from the WW2 beaches of Dunkirk to the desert towns of Afghanistan today.

John is a member of The Royal British Legion's Gulf War Group helping veterans with Gulf War Syndrome and a patron of the British Ex-service Wheelchair Sports Association. He is also a very poor golfer.

Find out more at www.johnnichol.com

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Review

'A riveting and revealing account of World War II bravery . . . I
loved it'
-- Andy McNab, author of Bravo Two Zero

'Gripping, moving and thoughtful. The excellent team of Nichol and
Rennell have done it again' -- Patrick Bishop, author of Fighter Boys

`Such humanity . . . a proficient and sensitive account of the
best and worst of human behaviour under unbearable pressure'
-- Saturday Telegraph

About the Author

John Nichol is the bestselling co-author of Tornado Down, The Last Escape and Tail End Charlies, and the author of five novels. Tony Rennell is the author of Last Days of Glory: The Death of Queen Victoria and co-author of When Daddy Came Home, The Last Escape and Tail End Charlies. Now a freelance writer, he was formerly associate editor of the Sunday Times and the Mail on Sunday.

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64 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Michael David Booker on 28 April 2007
Format: Hardcover
If you are interested in the Second World War, then I promise you that here is one title you will not want to miss!

This exciting and often very moving volume provides the reader with hours of excellent reading and a fascinating insight into the world of escape and evasion in wartime Europe, where no less than a quarter of a million allied soldiers, sailors and airmen found themselves in captivity following failing to be evacuation at Dunkirk or after being shot down during bombing raids over enemy held territory. Amazingly between 3000 and 5000 of these men actually managed to avoid capture, remained free and many remarkably made it back to Britain to "fight another day" too. This is their story!

John Nichol - one of the co-authors of this excellent book, is no stranger to being on the run in enemy territory - whilst serving as a member of the crew of a RAF Tornado during the First Gulf War, he was "shot down", subsequently captured and became a Prisoner of War, therefore he is able to relate to those brave men of sixty years ago and is suitably qualified to co-write this volume.

Pain-staking research, wading through massive amounts of archive material together with the collation of many eye witness accounts has resulted in a publication that not only explains how allied servicemen found themselves behind enemy lines in the first-place, but continues to cover tales of sheer determination and cunning evasion also. It recalls acts of extraordinary heroism amongst the ordinary men, women and sometimes the children of occupied France, Belgium and Holland, who risked their lives and those of their families and friends in operating safe houses and setting up escape routes to bring our boys back to safety.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Simon Bromage on 12 April 2008
Format: Hardcover
I am not one who normally undertakes writing a review, but having read this book I felt compelled to put 'pen to paper'. The book describes how allied servicemen caught in occupied Europe during the Second World War turned evader in trying to return to England, in short scoring a 'home run' against the Germans and their allies.

The book is compelling, riveting and your emotions sway at the turn of each page. You will undergo the exhilaration and relief of the service men evading capture and 'experience',through eyewitness statements the tension and fear of those who helped the evaders home. The testimonies in this book are as raw sixty-five years on as if they had been written in the immediate aftermath of the war. As a generation we forget that some service personnel and their civillian helpers are still living the hell that was the Second World War. This book reminds us of that and serves as a tribute to their unstinting courage and fortitude in the face of adversity which included incarceration in the concentration camps.

Unquestionably one of the best books I have ever read. Insomniacs be prepared for more sleepless nights if you read this book at bedtime!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Michael MCCARTHY VINE VOICE on 2 May 2007
Format: Hardcover
Following the recent genre of retelling history through the words and recollections of those who were there, this book adds further quality information to the WW2 researcher and particularly to the battlefield professional. It carefully examines the aftermath of battle in the air for the large number of allied aircrew who were taken prisoner and who made the courageous decision to escape. How they evaded capture and for many how they eventually made it back to Britain is skilfully examined. It is not a list of the escapes or a reference book but it adds colour and personal detail to the escapers and how they survived. Also how their `helpers' in occupied Europe risked all to assist them. A very readable book in a narrative style with pace and drama.

Mike McCarthy
Editor, "The Battle Guide"
Guild of Battlefield Guides
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By E. H. VINE VOICE on 6 Oct 2008
Format: Paperback
Being young and having only briefly covered WWII in history class back in my high school days i knew very little about it, other than the well known facts. That being until i read this book. Not only do you get detailed accounts of evaders but also of missions and events going on at the time. I now found myself contributing the knowledge into conversations. Some of the stories make you feel very proud and try and think of ways you can give people the same feeling when reading your biography in 60 years! By far the best book i have read this year.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Rowland TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 13 Jun 2010
Format: Paperback
Home Run is an enthralling and exciting account of the stranded allied soldiers and shot-down airmen who attempted the long and perilous journey back to Britain from Nazi occupied Europe and the people who tried to help them. It is not just highly readable but is rivetting and I defy you put it down once you have scanned a few pages. It reads more like a thriller than a documentary account. The truth in war is truly more astounding than any fiction. Their sheer persistance and their drive never to give up and to get back to blighty is really impressive and even more impressive is the committment shown by the civilians who risked their lives and that of their families to assist them. A superb book and a must-get for anyone interested in the second world war.

David Rowland
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