GOSHAWK SQUADRON

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Far for being only shocking and exciting, this funny novel tells the story of an R.F.C. Squadron in early 1918, led by a C.O. who believes that death keeps the pilots going.

Characteristic

Book cover finish Hardcover ( rounded spine binding )
Special features First edition, Dedicated copy, Dust jacket
Condition Old, like new
Number of pages 218
Published date 1971
Languages English
Size 15 x 23 x 3 cm
Author Derek Robinson
Editor William Heinemann Ltd

Description

Goshawk Squadron, R.F.C., January 1918. The C.O., Woolley, indoctrinates his pilots with a simple yet savage code : shoot the enemy in the back before he knows you're there - a brisky cold blooded approach to the business of air warfare and far removed from the romance of " chivalry in the clouds ".

 

( ... ) Surprisingly this first novel set in the last year of a catastrophic war is not only shocking and exciting but a very funny book. Woolley may drive his men but he terrorizes the top brass ; and with his girlfriend Margery he is something else again. The author's portrait of this wild old man of twenty - three is an extraordinary success.

À PROPOS DE CET AUTEUR
Derek Robinson

Derek Robinson ( April 12th, 1932 ) was born in Bristol ( South West, England ). After attending Cotham Grammar School ( Bristol ), he served in the R.A.F. as a fighter plotter ( Ground Control Interception Unit ), during his National Service. 


He has a History degree from the University of Cambridge ( Cambridgeshire, England ), where he attended Downing College. Planning to be a journalist, Derek Robinson has worked in advertising in the United Kingdom ( five years ) and the United States ( six years ), as well as for The Wall Street Journal. He also worked as a broadcaster on radio and television. 


He was a qualified rugby referee for over thirty years and is a life member of Bristol Society of Rugby Referees. 


Following his research of historical records for his novel Piece of Cake ( 1983 ), Derek Robinson became convinced that it was the supremacy of the Royal Navy in the United Kingdom's coastal waters that caused Adolf Hitler to postpone invasion plans and not the Battle of Britain, as commonly accepted. 


His works include Son of Bristle ( 1971 ), Run with the Ball ( 1984 ), A Good Clean Fight ( 1993 ), Invasion, 1940 ( 2005 ), Why 1914 ? ( 2014 ). 


( source : Wikipedia )

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