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It all started in 1941.

Scully is unprincipled and a bully who becomes rough with any woman who refuses him.

Sylvia, a member of the WAAF, is shy, has lived by a strict moral code, and is away from home for the first time in her young life. She caught Scully's eye, and so it began.

With the strain of daylight operations in Blenheim light bombers, with their heavy casualties, eroding whatever vestiges of decency he once had, Scully believes he was under a sentence of imminent death and must live hard to cram as much pleasure into a very short time as he possibly could.

Sylvia admires his courage and therefore sympathises with the appalling stress under which he carries not only the burden of overcoming personal fears but also the responsibility of commanding his crew. Admiration quickly turns into adoring affection...

Out of the conflict of their different natures come both delight and tragedy, which are all set against a thrilling background of hectic, realistic battle scenes in the air.

Nothing is as simple as it seems, but how will everything unfold?

'While Fate Permits' bears all the popular Richard Townshend Bickers trademarks of technical accuracy, factual authenticity, acute characterisation, profound knowledge of air fighting, humour and good prose, making for a well-rounded novel.

Praise for Richard Townshend Bickers:

'The Sands of Truth' 'Generations of Richard Townshend Bickers' family were brought up in India, and this long association is reflected in an epic novel set there in the early 1 9th century.' The Bookseller

'Eagles Crying Flames' 'A first class war adventure by a former RAF officer.' Manchester Evening News

". . . the air war in the Middle East from mid-1940 through the eyes of a young Blenheim pilot . . . described in a vivid and colourful word-picture by one of the top
story-telling -aces" Bolton Evening News

'Killing Zone' 'Only an ex-regular officer of the service, with the gift of yarn spinning, could achieve such a skilful blending of accurately researched fact and fiction.' Evening Sentinel, Stoke-on-Trent

Richard Townshend Bickers is a prolific war writer who has written several radio plays and features as well as articles, short stories and books. He volunteered for the RAF on the outbreak of the Second World War and served, with a Permanent Commission, for eighteen years. He wrote a range of military fiction and non-fiction books, including 'Torpedo Attack', 'My Enemy Came Nigh', 'Bombing Run', 'Fighters Up' and 'Summer of No Surrender'.


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Hardback Editions

November 1985 : UK Hardback

Title: While Fates Permit
Author(s): Richard Townshend Bickers
ISBN: 0-7090-2136-4 / 978-0-7090-2136-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Robert Hale Ltd
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Kindle Editions

July 2015 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: While Fates Permit
Author(s): Richard Townshend Bickers
Publisher: Endeavour Media
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