I read Princess Elizabeth's Spy out of curiosity, to see whether it was better than the first book of the serie.
Alas, it is not, and teeth-jarring mistakes abound.
Early on, I was brought to a sudden stop by a mention of the "Saint James Bible"...
Later I was surprised to read about the presence in the North Sea of the German submarine U246: not only was this ship launched only in 1943, but even the first ship of her class only entered service in 1941; so she could not have been around at the time of the Blitz. The repeated reference to the "sail" of the U-Boot also jars: the term "conning tower"… Read more
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
For me a complete turn-off was the amount of technical detail that was plain wrong.
"There was a black gate with an electronic buzzer" Electronic ?
In 1940 ? Would have been lucky to have an electric bell !
"Through the aluminum roof of the Anderson (shelter)"
At a time when housewives in the UK were asked to give up their aluminium pans for recycling into airplanes, Anderson shelters were most certainly not made of aluminium, but of steel sheet. (And why "aluminum" in England, please ? )
When disarming a bomb with a timer made from an old-fashioned pocket watch :
"He snipped the orange wire. The ticking stopped."
Cutting an electrical… Read more
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Compared to earlier editions of the "Official Handbook", I found this one very disappointing.
The complete lack of a plan of the whole DLR network, of any track plan or of any aerial photo, makes it very difficult to understand what the commentary refers to, and the references to the stations being rebuilt would be more interesting if illustrated by "before" and "after" pictures.
On the plus side, there are a few interesting old pictures of the former railway lines now taken over by the DLR.
All in all, a waste of money if you already have an earlier edition.