Press Release: Reach for the Sky
Afterword by Douglas Bader
‘Genuinely evocative of the real RAF wartime atmosphere, soul-stirring air-battles, sudden death, set-backs and victories’
The inspirational life-story of Douglas Bader, who repeatedly refused to give up in the face of overwhelming odds. Aged 21, Bader was a rising star in the RAF: an exceptional pilot with a natural flair for stunt flying and an outstanding sportsman, tipped to play rugby for England. Then disaster struck. Carrying out a banned ‘slow roll’ at low altitude, Bader crashed so badly that he had to have both legs amputated.
Drawing on his own experiences as a fighter pilot and prisoner-of-war, Paul Brickhill takes us through the exhilarating highs and devastating lows of the crash and Bader’s fight for survival; his gruelling efforts to master walking, and then flying, with two artificial limbs; the thrills of dog-fights during the evacuation of Dunkirk, the Battle of Britain and the Blitz; the drama of Bader’s final combat mission when his Spitfire’s tail and fuselage were completely destroyed, forcing him to bail out over occupied France; and his relentless ‘goon-baiting’ and escape attempts as a prisoner-of-war. More than just Boy’s Own adventure, Reach for the Sky is a gripping and profoundly moving account of Bader’s war against the Germans, and his battle with himself.
This new edition follows The Dam Busters and The Great Escape to complete Brickhill’s genre-defining ‘trilogy’ of Second World War heroics. It comes richly illustrated with photographs from the Douglas Bader Foundation, the Imperial War Museum and the Royal Air Force Museum, and supplemented by an Afterword by Bader himself, giving a very personal view of physical disability and how he overcame it.
Three-quarter bound in cloth with a cloth front board. Set in Joanna with Gill Sans display. 376 pages. Frontispiece, 16 pages of black & white plates. 1 map. Printed endpapers. Slipcased.
9½˝ x 6¼˝.
UK £34.95 US $51.95 Can $69.95 Aus $69.95
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