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VINE VOICEon 26 April 2013
A very well written and informative book, this covers most of the flying career of Tim Vigors from growing up. his love of horses, getting in to the RAF flying and fighting with the RAF and ending his career in the far east after bailing out during combat. The writing is engaging and very interesting, if there is one bad point its that it finishes, thats the biggest problem you want the book to continue until at least the end of the war but Vigors personality makes you want to know more about him and in every sense what happened next.

Great read about the RAF and the Battle of Britain very interesting.
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on 23 November 2017
good
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on 10 July 2017
Great read.
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on 23 August 2017
A very well written book, telling the story of a life well lived.
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on 30 January 2013
I have read many similar books of which all have their individual merits. However Tim Vigors book is, in my opinion one of the best. His excellent and easy style of writing is most readable and his accounts of his war and personal life experiences are vivid. You find yourself racing through the pages and at the end of the book, you really want to find out what happened next as you will have, in all probability formed an attachment with him through his writing. Clearly Tim Vigors was a proud, brave and caring man as well as a real character who enjoyed life to the full. These traits together with his fluid writing style sets this book apart and makes it a special read.
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on 26 November 2010
i find it to beleive that the previous reveiwer gave this book only a 3 star rating it's a 5 star book by any measure. I source and collect WWII biographys mostly luftwaffe and kreigsmarine with some royal navy and RAF for a more rounded perpective of how individuals fought during the war. This book is by far the best first hand account of fighting in the battle of britain from eitheir side of the english channel. Tim vigours is definitly anti establishment in that he had little time for rules and regulations and incompetent senior officers while britain was fighting for her very exsistance. as a senior flight commander he could have sitted out many scrambles but he seems to have jumped in that cockpit every time the klakson sounded, flying and fought the luftwaffe many times each day.
what i found very interesting was the amount of pilot losses in the RAF, he talks very honestly about savage dogfights where the RAF did'nt always come out on top.
A great book, in the same league as "the big show" and "tumult in the clouds"
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on 12 November 2012
What an amazing story,depicting a mercanary Irishman putting his life on the line, playing his part to help defeat an agressive enemy in Britain's hour of need, in the skies over southern England
during the crucial battle of Bitain. What shows through is his fearless fighting spirit, along with many other young men of the time, to preserve a way of life that they held dear to them.
Along with his Cavalier attitude and fearless spirit, he, and the other pilots bulldozed their way through one of the most bitterley fought conflicts of all time, scoring the first victory, that what was up and until then, a one- sided aggersive assault on the freeworld. What's more! they done it with a smile.
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on 25 April 2015
A book that needs to be read, that said Tim was an old etonian and it is obvious that this opened doors not available to others, I suppose if you enjoyed downton Abbey then the story of Tim's life would fit in, if you know Ireland and in particular Carlow and Tipperary you will soon realise this book is different to all others, The horse racing aspects fantastic as we only live down the road from the Coolmore Stud, but having said all that Tim deserves all the accolades the same as all world war 2 pilots, life balanced on a knife edge. Yes buy Tim's book, sad he has passed away, enjoy it for what it is, Tim moved in different circles to be sure, may he rest in peace and thanks.
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on 20 January 2014
I found this book very interesting, it's amazing how some people survive in such terrible conditions, amongst all the chaos around him Tim Vigors survived, a truly remarkable story.
I recommend this book to anyone interested in war and survival.
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on 19 February 2013
Tim Vigors is a lucky man. He was also over confident and not a little stupid as a young pilot. His story brings home the common occurrence of the sudden loss of friends and comrades sometimes minutes after talking to them. It also reads a little like Forest Gump as Tim tours through some of the major campaigns of the war. He fights in the battle if Britain escapes the fall of Singapore and survives because of the luck if the devil himself. A slowing start but a gripping read after that to the end.
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