Boldness Be My Friend Hardcover – 6 Sep 2007
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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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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 !
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?Read more ›
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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An excellent read, gripping from beginning to the end. Makes you proud to be a Yorkshire man, born and bred.Published 19 months ago by David Haigh
I've bought this for my Dad for Christmas, I know he will be very pleased with this book. I've read some of story very goodPublished 20 months ago by mitch
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