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5.0 out of 5 stars The Real Thing, 17 Feb 2007
This review is from: The Grand Prix Saboteurs: The Grand Prix Drivers Who Became British Secret Agents During World War II (Paperback)
A few years back I wrote a novel called Early One Morning, based on the true story of a group of Grand Prix drivers who joined Special Operations Executive during WW2. At the time people asked me why I didn't just write a non-fiction book. Joe Saward's book is the answer. This is the work I couldn't have written and I am glad I didn't try (I'll stick to novels). Saward (whom I have never met or spoken to) has combined his formidable knowledge of GP racing together with a vast quantity of meticulous research and managed, with enviable deftness, to produce a thrilling and heartbreaking story. Anyone interested in the fascinating legend of the racing driver spies Benoist and Williams and Wimille, and in SOE in general, should buy this book. I take my peaked cap off to him.
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Initial post: 29 Feb 2008 17:52:10 GMT
Jay Warthog says:
RT Ryan's Early One Morning Novel is a fabulous piece of work and Joe Saward is the real deal when it comes to knowing offbeat continental motor racing.
I know a little about how tough it is to work in both novel [failed] and factual regimes [33 books published] and I can tell potential customers that both authors are masters of their respective crafts.
Also try, Bugatti Queen, true faction.

Jeremy Walton

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Apr 2008 23:01:50 BDT
I would just add that I consider Early One Morning to be the finest book I have ever read. I have since read most of Robert Ryan's other books, and cannot wait to buy the factual account. The stories of Williams, Benoist etc is fascinating (in my opinion) and RR is a simply outstanding author.
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