A dramatic and romantic epic centred on a small group of RAF fighter pilots during the Second World War
Nothing can prepare a squadron of fighter pilots, trained in the English countryside, for the rigours of the desert- Joss Lambert has always been a loner, constrained by a secret from his past, until he finds friendship and solace firstly with Guy Liddell, a friend from school, and then with Guy's family, who welcome him into their farmhouse home. Joss increasingly comes to depend upon the Liddells and treats Alvesdon Farm as the one place where he feels not only appreciated but also truly happy. The idyll cannot last. With war looming, Joss is forced to confront his past. He escapes through flying, becoming a fighter pilot in the RAF. But with the onset of war, even the Liddells's world is crumbling. As Joss is fighting for his life in the Battle of Britain, so he begins to fall madly in love with Stella- Guy's twin- and in doing so, loses Guy's precious friendship. Leaving England and the Liddells far behind, he continues to fly amid the sand and heat of North Africa, until his hopes and dreams are seemingly shattered for good- From the green fields of Wiltshire and the serene beauty of Cambridge, to the fierce African skies, THE BURNING BLUE is a spectacular epic saga of one man's search for love and identity against the vivid backdrop of the Battle of Britain.
About the Author
James Holland was born in Salisbury, Wiltshire, and studied history at Durham University. A member of the British Commission for Military History and the Guild of Battlefield Guides, he also regularly contributes reviews and articles in national newspapers and magazines and appears on national radio. His many books include Fortress Malta, Italy's Sorrow, The Battle of Britain and his fictional WW2 series featuring Sergeant Jack Tanner. He lives near Salisbury with his wife, son and daughter.
"This beautifully written book is a work of exceptional authenticity. The descriptions of life in the late 1930s and the intensity of the air battles revive many recollections and make for compelling reading." -- Geoffrey Wellum, former Battle of Britain pilot and author of First Light "Full of wartime atmosphere. Once again I could see the vapour trails, hear the Spitfire engines and the lofty crackle of machine guns" -- Leslie Thomas, author of Waiting for the Day "The ear-popping action sequences are tremendously exciting ... the pastoral scenes reveal a deep and genuine love of the countryside and its age-old traditions. Holland leaves one in no doubt what ordinary British folk were fighting for" * Sunday Telegraph * "There can seldom have been a better, nor more detailed, evocation of exactly what it was like to fly - and die - in the clear blue skies above the English Channel in those heady days in the summer and autumn of 1940" * Daily Mail * "He has joined the few who can bring history to life" * Guardian *