Life as a Battle of Britain Spitfire Pilot
by Arthur Donahue (Amberley, 96 pages, £6.99) As an extract from a longer memoir, this description of the Battle of Britain reveals more than most historical accounts: what it was actually like to be there. In this illustrated and concise volume, written by a pilot who fought in the battle itself, Donahue divulges an account of daily life, which mixes historical facts with his own personal experiences in a frank and straightforward manner. London has a fascinating history – from the origins of place names such as Gin Lane, to Smithfield’s associations with executions and hauntings. In this guide to the walks of London, each chapter starts with an area’s historical background, before providing an associated walking tour. With maps and pictures, this guide can be enjoyed by those with London ancestors and tourists alike.