Having heard the author interviewed on radio the book sounded quite interesting. How wrong I was - it is EXTREMELY interesting! The author paints a terrific picture of the lives of the Aussies who crewed on Lancasters during WWII. It is not just a picture of their missions but a very much wider view of their lives as well. The bravery, the tragedy, the near misses, the hits, their fears, their lives away from their aircraft, their desire to return home safely are all told easily and fluently.
This is not just a book for those already interested in WWII it will please many other readers as well. Peter has obviously covered a great deal of territory in his research, interviewing the participants who still survive, working with relatives of those who are no longer with us and researching many volumes devoted to the topic to build almost a novel rather than a reference. The reader becomes involved with the participants, feeling their pain, rejoicing in their safety and grieving over their demise.
I thoroughly commend this book to all readers.