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Spitfire

(2018)
A Very British Love Story
A non fiction book by

 
 
The Sunday Times nonfiction best seller.

Achtung, Spitfire!

The iconic Spitfire found fame during the darkest early days of World War II. But what happened to the redoubtable fighter and its crews beyond the Battle of Britain, and why is it still so loved today?

In late spring 1940, Nazi Germany's domination of Europe looked unstoppable. With the British Isles in easy reach since the fall of France, Adolf Hitler was convinced that Great Britain would be defeated in the skies over her southern coast, confident his Messerschmitts and Heinkels would outclass anything the Royal Air Force threw at them. What Hitler hadn't planned for was the agility and resilience of a marvel of British engineering that would quickly pass into legend - the Spitfire.

Best-selling author John Nichol's passionate portrait of this magnificent fighter aircraft, its many innovations and updates and the people who flew and loved them carries the listener beyond the dogfights over Kent and Sussex. Spanning the full global reach of the Spitfire's deployment during WWII, from Malta to North Africa and the Far East, then over the D-day beaches, it is always accessible, effortlessly entertaining and full of extraordinary spirit.

Here are edge-of-the-seat stories and heart-stopping firsthand accounts of battling pilots forced to bail out over occupied territory; of sacrifice and wartime love; of aristocratic female flyers; and of the mechanics who braved the Nazi onslaught to keep the aircraft in battle-ready condition. Nichol takes the listener on a hair-raising, nail-biting and moving wartime history of the iconic Spitfire populated by a cast of redoubtable, heroic characters that make you want to stand up and cheer.



Praise for this book

"The best book you will ever read about Britain's greatest warplane." - Patrick Bishop


Used availability for John Nichol's Spitfire

Hardback Editions

May 2018 : UK Hardback
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Title: Spitfire: A Very British Love Story
Author(s): John Nichol
ISBN: 1-4711-5920-5 / 978-1-4711-5920-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   


January 1900 : UK Hardback
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Title: SPITFIRE
Author(s): JOHN NICHOL
ISBN: 1-4726-2479-3 / 978-1-4726-2479-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Availability: Amazon AU   


Paperback Editions

May 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: Spitfire: A Very British Love Story
Author(s): John Nichol
ISBN: 1-4711-5923-X / 978-1-4711-5923-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


October 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: Spitfire: A Very British Love Story
Author(s): John Nichol
ISBN: 1-4711-7688-6 / 978-1-4711-7688-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Availability: Amazon CA   


May 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: Spitfire: A Very British Love Story
Author(s): John Nichol
ISBN: 1-4711-5921-3 / 978-1-4711-5921-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Availability: Amazon CA   


Audio Editions

March 2019 : UK Audio CD

Title: Spitfire
Author(s): John Nichol
ISBN: 1-78771-256-7 / 978-1-78771-256-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Oakhill Publishing Limited
Availability: Amazon UK   


March 2019 : UK Audio CD

Title: Spitfire
Author(s): John Nichol
ISBN: 1-78771-292-3 / 978-1-78771-292-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Oakhill Publishing Limited
Availability: Amazon UK   


September 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Spitfire: A Very British Love Story
Author(s): John Nichol
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio UK
Availability: Amazon   


September 2018 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Spitfire: A Very British Love Story
Author(s): John Nichol
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio UK
Availability: Amazon AU   


September 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Spitfire: A Very British Love Story
Author(s): John Nichol
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio UK
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

May 2018 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Spitfire: A Very British Love Story
Author(s): John Nichol
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Availability: Amazon UK