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Tom Neil The Silver Spitfire

A brilliantly vivid WWII memoir in the tradition of Geoffrey Wellum’s First Light. Following the D-Day landings, Battle of Britain hero Tom Neil was assigned as an RAF liaison to an American fighter squadron. As the Allies pushed east, Neil commandeered an abandoned Spitfire as his own personal aeroplane. Stripping it down to bare metal, it became the RAF’s only silver Spitfire. He took it into battle until, faced with too many questions, he had to risk desperate measures to offload it, including bailing out mid-Channel. He eventually abandoned the Spitfire, never to see it again. Tom Neil was one of the RAF’s leading WWII fighter pilots. He lives with his wife near Diss, Suffolk.

Biography & Autobiography: Historical, Political & Military Cased November £18.99 304pp 216 x 135mm 30 illustrations 978 0 297 86813 2 Markets: World USA, Translation & Serial: W&N

Richard Morris Time’s Anvil: Archaeology and the Imagination

A lyrical rediscovery of the history of England through archaeology and the imagination. Zig-zagging between prehistoric stone tools, Tudor theatre, and mass-produced cars, Time’s Anvil is a book like no other. Weaving together studies of apparently unrelated things with periods that are normally considered in isolation, and combining the personal with the academic, literature and myth with science, the result is a completely fresh account of who we are and our relationship with nature: provocative, compelling and salutary. Richard Morris specialises in medieval and 20th-century themes. He is Professor of Conflict and Culture at Huddersfield University.

History Cased November £25.00 384pp 234 x 156mm 20 illustrations 978 0 297 86783 8 Markets: World USA, Translation & Serial: W&N 13