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A Rattling Good Read!
on 15 November 2005
This is a wonderful, emotional roller coaster ride of a novel. Relive autumn 1944 with the crew of a Lancaster bomber. The story of Charlie Bassett and the crew of “Tuesday’s Child”, is told with warmth and feeling with a wonderful eye for detail. When the crew are on a bombing mission, you can believe that you are there with them. You feel their fear as they fly into enemy flak and meet enemy fighters, share the tension as they try to do their job and experience the relief that must have been felt as they make it home after another mission. You really do feel that you are there with them, rooting for them, laughing with them and find yourself asking, was it all worth it? There is the added twist of a female rear gunner, smuggled aboard so that the crew can continue their tour.
The lives and loves of the crew is told with compassion, insight and with a great deal of humour. The book has some sharply observed characters living in a world where life expectancy is short and living (and loving) to the full is a way of dealing with it. There is some cracking dialogue that Groucho Marx and Spike Milligan would have been proud to have written. Just read the part in the book where the German aircraft mistakenly lands in England instead of Germany and say that you didn’t laugh. Even Matt Braddock of “Victor”, comic fame elbows his way in alongside some real life characters. If that’s not enough to whet your appetites, there are spies and ghosts too. Everything you ever wanted to know about life on an airfield in Britain in late 1944 is here.
I can warmly recommend this book. It is a tale of people who were heroes and heroines but didn’t know it. Ordinary people who lived extraordinary lives because of war.