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Spitfire Girls [Mass Market Paperback]

Carol Gould
1.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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21 May 2009

Top-class pilots were crucial to the survival of Great Britain during the dark days of the Blitz, and playing a vital role in fending off the German attack were the women's section of the Air Transport Auxiliary, a close and dedicated circle of female pilots. In the midst of events that would shape history, these women risked their lives to ferry aircraft day and night from factory to the arena of war, and lasting friendships were born. Together, Edith Allam and her fellow pilots faced Nazi terror, class prejudice, and the forbidden romances of wartime - yet their remarkable strength carried them through.

Spitfire Girls evokes all of the drama of this extraordinary period of history, and is a tribute to the heroism of these brave women, without whom the Battle of Britain might never have been won. Truly inspirational, it is the tale of adventure, courage and the relationships that shape all of our lives.


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (21 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099534673
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099534679
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 535,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Perfect for reading this summer" (Jewish Chronicle)

"This is a story that deserves telling ... it's a topical and timely read in the run-up to the 65th anniversary of D-Day" (Daily Mail)

"Gould's indisputable strength is that she tells their story from the perspective of her own sex ... a highly entertaining piece of fiction - enjoy the ride" (http://spitfiresite.com/reviews/2009/05/carol-gould-spitfire-girls-review.htm)

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This powerful novel follows the lives of a close and dedicated circle of female pilots during the Second World War, and is a tribute to the heroism of these brave few.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars SPITFIRE GIRLS by CAROL GOULD 24 Jan 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Enjoyable but "over wordy" compared to books written by the original A.T.A. (Air Transport Auxiliary) women, whos pages left me wanting more. Not a book that you cannot put down and I would not read it again. However this is just my opinion and others who know Carol Goulds work may like it because its written by her. A facinating subject for anyone researching WWII.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear, what a load of old cobblers! 6 Sep 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I picked up this book because I thought it was a great topic for fiction, but as the author apparently knows absolutely zip about flying she really isn't ever going to do it justice. The book opens with a ludicrous incident in which a female pilot has a mid-air collision with a male pilot who has (apparently) got too close while trying to get a better look: this is represented as a practically daily occurrence. Even a really limited amount of research (or a bit of common sense, really) would have told the author that getting close enough to another plane to even hazard a guess at the sex of the pilot is pretty suicidal, and that for both pilots to survive a mid-air is a miracle, let alone for both of them to fly away unscathed. The book doesn't get any better: the author just isn't bothered about technical accuracy (anything will do, apparently!) while the characters behave in completely bizarre and unlikely ways, so unfortunately the story is no way good enough to transcend its cavalier attitude to mere facts.
My recommendation: don't waste your time with this.
Dave Cooper
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spitfire Girls 31 Jan 2013
By Stroma
Format:Kindle Edition
I much enjoyed this book. As a former holder of a PPL (private pilot's licence) I had the privilege of meeting some of the amazing lady pilots upon whom the stories are based, and I am aware that the author interviewed as many of them as she could. The book is based on fact and is very exciting. I thoroughly recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spitfire Girls 28 Jan 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
My wife found this a very enjoyable read where she learnt so much more about those very brave girl aircraft ferry pilots. To take to the skies in wartime in unarmed and without communications in any aircraft type was very brave.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spirited girls 24 Jan 2013
By linali
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I found this book brilliant mixing fact into a story that keeps you hooked till the end opening your eyes to the reality of women pilots in the war and the reality of captured men and women.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this book 3 Jan 2012
By Windy
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Don't buy this book if you know anything about flying. I was given it as a present because I fly and am inspired by the women of the ATA. Unfortunately I was disappointed. I think the cover photo is misleading, it makes the book look as if it is a factual account of the ATA, instead the author appears to have read maybe one or two books on the subject and tried to write a bonkbuster around it. The few flying scenes are wildly inaccurate and have obviously been written by someone who has not the slightest idea about flying. I am not sure who the book is aimed at, certainly not pilots male or female. In fact in my view it is an insult to the ATA and I am sure that, the professional women that they were, they would have been insulted to be associated with this work of fantasy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Historical Inaccuracies Abound 4 July 2010
By Sandi
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I, too, picked up this book at the library expecting it to be narrative nonfiction. It is so fictional that it is riddled with inaccuracies--and I'm only on page 126! Neither BOAC nor BA (both of which are mentioned in 1937) were around in that year. The WAAF, who were not yet formed, are also mentioned. The heroine is wearing nylon stockings, which were introduced in 1938. The American heroine is bribing English people with Hershey bars and US cigarettes, in 1937. I'll struggle on with it, if only to add to the list of blunders. Will I make it to page 612? Doubtful!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars not what i expected. 13 Jan 2010
By jpm
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I bought this book, as the other reviewer did, expecting a historical, factual account of WW2 female pilots and was extremely disappointed to find out this was a work of fiction. I realise this is my fault for not doing more research to find out what genre I was buying but think that it should be made very clear that this is a fictional book and, also in agreement with the other reviewer , not one of the greatest.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible
I just didn't like the way the author used language in this book and found it had to read . Normally I can't put books down once started but this is the first book in years I have... Read more
Published 9 months ago by catriona macdonald
1.0 out of 5 stars Pulp fiction
I look after the books I purchase and hate to even crease the spine, but I threw this one away after reading it. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Bollyknickers
1.0 out of 5 stars Spitfire Girls?
The whole book is utter trash, so badly written, pity the author did not research the subject matter more thoroughly with less sex
Published 16 months ago by diane
1.0 out of 5 stars I so wish I had checked amazon before buying this book
What a load of rubbish. I cant remember the last time I couldnt finish a book but this one just didnt merit my time. It is badly written, boring never mind not true to the era. Read more
Published on 17 Jun 2012 by avidreader
1.0 out of 5 stars Complete Rubbish
This is probably one of the worst books I have ever read. It is tedious and not well written
Waste of time
Published on 10 Jan 2012 by Mrs. Heather M. McPeake
2.0 out of 5 stars Not so good
I found "Spitfire girls" very disappointing. It seemed to me to be a very shallow treatment of a worthwhile subject. To be honest, I didn't finish it
Published on 8 Dec 2011 by Olivej
1.0 out of 5 stars Tripe!
I admire other reviewer's staying power. I didn't get past page 11. The writing style was awful. My English teacher would have given me a clip round the ear if I had written as... Read more
Published on 7 Aug 2011 by E Coke-Stove
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
This book is a disappointment: written in very simple prose that tries too hard to sound "racy", it depicts unlikely and stereotypical characters engaging in wooden dialogues and... Read more
Published on 21 July 2011 by Birgit Kleymann
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