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Boldness Be My Friend Hardcover – 6 Sep 2007

4.7 out of 5 stars 47 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review; First Edition edition (6 Sept. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755316258
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755316250
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 22.2 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,028,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A wonderful introduction to the Second World War' (Max Hastings)

'Deadly daring from a vanished era... reading this book is akin to taking an extraordinary journey down memory lane, one that leads into the heart of the bloody struggle of 1941, when Britain was at war with Nazi-occupied Europe and seemingly alone in the world...what sets the book apart is the wholly understated nature of heroism. It is a story replete with true grit, self-deprecating humour, camaraderie, ingenuity, loyalty to one's country and the triumph of sheer will' (Express)

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Great True Stories from World War Two

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Richard Pape was an airman who served in WWII, and was a fantastic writer, to boot. Shot down over Holland, his factual account of his life as a PoW, and his daring escape attempts, moves along at a breakneck pace from page one. This true Yorkshire hero must have had balls like coconuts, as parts of his story made my hair curl, because of the privations he suffered, and the things he had to do, to survive - He was incredibly gutsy, tough, resourceful, and determined - and 150% courageous! After reading this book, I feel even more indebted to him and all the men of my father's generation who served in WWII. Read it, and be thankful that men like him fought for our freedoms in those dark days
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One of those books that will make you utterly unsocial until you finish it.

The author is shot down over Germany in ww2 and this book follows his frankly, quite incredible, attempts to escape from captivity. This is a book from the old days....the good guys have names like "stinker" and "the turk" and the bad guys wear leather coats and are slightly effeminate (whilst they beat the hero to a pulp!). The book is incredibly well written and truly inspiring....without spoiling anything he faces the most demoralising setbacks and frustrations at the gates of victory....that he claws his way back again and again is astounding.

Enjoy, but clear your diary out for a day or two beforehand !
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So often survivors of war and torture are not given the glory of the dead. But this man lived under the pseudonym of another, to live under German interrogation and torture for two years. This prolonged deception certainly saved his life and others and his story is told with a cheery narrative. Others died though and this moving account is well worth the read, it is a race to read through as the thrill of his war experience unfolds. Read it.
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This book is one of those originally published in the 50s and recently republished. The author also wrote a follow-up biography, a semi-sequel to this, and several novels in his later years. It is the existence of those novels, and the writer's reputation, that brings question to this book. Biography or yet another novel?

Gordon Woodroofe, a Kiwi pilot who as a fellow-POW for 3 years occupied the adjacent bunk to Pape (although he remains unmentioned in this book) describes him in his own autobiography as "a red-haired Yorkshireman who had worked for the Yorkshire Post newspaper before enlisting as an Observer in the RAF. Richard, or "Ginger" as he was known to us, was an inveterate raconteur of great invention who could entertain listeners by the hour." He was also said to readily 'borrow' the experiences of others to claim as his own. One may therefore question to what degree this book had been fictionalised to expand his tale or to make it more exciting than it might otherwise be. The depth and breadth of minor detail pertaining to several unimportant situations, where they are used, from several years previously is sometimes simply too good to be true although others of the same vintage are extremely vague. The writer was prone to create 'jolly japes', boyish pranks that were a laugh for him but may cause issues for innocent bystanders. Might this book be another?

There are far too many incidents where Pape supposedly bluffed and lied his way out of potentially life-threatening situations and others with German interrogators who were, according to many others who faced their questioning, more than able to detect obvious lies and attempts to deceive. Why should or could Pape succeed where so many others did not?
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Quite a good read, I was left wondering if some of the story was true, at times it sounded a bit James Bond ish, never the less there are some amazing stories from the second world war and if this true it is yet another astonishing survival story.
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One mans story about his exploits during WW2. A gripping read and amazing true story. This type if person ,who's commitment to duty and country,just does not exist anymore ! A true story about a true hero. As you have probably gathered I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone and have.
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Bought as a gift for hubby - one of the few books he has read again and again because he enjoyed it so much. New puppy destroyed original version so this find on Amazon was brilliant as it is the very same edition.
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A very good book but spoiled a little by transfering from the analogue book to the digital ebook.
The story itself is one of determination and hardship in the extreme. The constant need to overcome all problems and the ingenuity needed is fascinating but don't take my word for it, read it yourself.
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