Begins in August 1940 at the start of the Blitz. The mass-formation attacks have started, and the call to action stations - attack alarms is a daily occurence. This novel offers an account of that long summer when only a handful of fighter planes could prevent a British defeat.
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Ralph Hammond Innes was born in Horsham, Sussex, on 15 July 1913 and educated at Cranbrook School, Kent. He left school aged eighteen, and worked successively in publishing, teaching and journalism. In 1936, in need of money in order to marry, he wrote a supernatural thriller, The Doppleganger, which was published in 1937 as part of a two-year, four book deal. In 1939 Innes moved to a different publisher, and began to write compulsively, continuing to publish throughout his service in the Royal Artillery during the Second World War. Innes travelled widely to research his novels and always wrote from personal experience - his 1940s novels The Blue Ice and The White South were informed by time spent working on a whaling ship in the Antarctic, while The Lonely Skier came out of a post-war skiing course in the Dolomites. He was a keen and accomplished sailor, which passion inspired his 1956 bestseller The Wreck of the Mary Deare. The equally successful 1959 film adaptation of this novel enabled Innes to buy a large yacht, the Mary Deare, in which he sailed around the world for the next fifteen years, accompanied by his wife and fellow author Dorothy Lang. Innes wrote over thirty novels, as well as several works of non-fiction and travel journalism. His thrilling stories of spies, counterfeiters, black markets and shipwreck earned him both literary acclaim and an international following, and in 1978 he was awarded a CBE. Hammond Innes died at his home in Suffolk on 10th June 1998.
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Book Description Fontana Press, 1984. Book Condition: Fair. Shows definite wear, and perhaps considerable marking on inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP77712843
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Book Description Fontana Press, 1964. Softcover. Book Condition: Good. 1964. 223 pages. Good condition paperback; as expected for age. Cards, pages, and binding are presentable with no major defects. Minor issues may exist such as shelf wear, inscriptions, light foxing and tanning. book. Bookseller Inventory # 1472758196CD
Book Description Fontana Press, 1969. Book Condition: Good. 1969. 223 pages. Good condition paperback; as expected for age. Cards, pages, and binding are presentable with no major defects. Minor issues may exist such as shelf wear, inscriptions, light foxing and tanning. Bookseller Inventory # 1487258199KDG
Book Description UK Fontana, 1990. Soft cover. Book Condition: Good. softcover reprint(1941) 10mo pp224 G+ Reprint of this early book by Innes, who was an anti-aircraft gunner at the time he wrote it. Novel of Fifth Columnists at a RAF base. Bookseller Inventory # 2941
Book Description Glasgow Fontana 1990, 1990. Soft cover. Book Condition: Good. softcover reprint(1941) small 8vo pp224 G+ Innes's early novel, featuring wartime treachery at a RAF base. Bookseller Inventory # 2826
Book Description Fontana/Collins, London, 1984. Mass-market paperback. Reprint. Later printing, 1988. 224 p.; 18 cm. Good. No dust jacket as issued. Cover has some wear and soiling. Bookseller Inventory # 57761