Life as a Bat­tle of Bri­tain Spit­fire Pi­lot

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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.

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