The Orchid

The Orchid

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Risking It All

I'm excited to have received the cover for my next release, Risking It All!

This book especially close to my heart because it is a WW2 novella, set in the world of Spitfire planes. Spitfires and their brave pilots, were the last remaining defence after the Battle of France was lost, and the Battle of Britain began. 

As Churchill stated in his famous speech;

"The gratitude of every home in our island, in our Empire, and indeed throughout the world, except in the abodes of the guilty, goes out to the British airmen who, undaunted by odds, unwearied in their constant challenge and mortal danger, are turning the tide of the world war by their prowess and by their devotion. Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few. " - Winston Churchill.

The Battle of Britain began on the 10 July 1940, and for 107 terrible days bombs rained from the sky, causing devastation and death in a country weakened by the Battle for France. 

Britain's vastly outnumbered band of Spitfire and Hurricane pilots were forced to fight the mighty Luffwaffe in dogfights in a desperate battle for air supremacy. If they lost, Britain would have been invaded.

My Granny, as a fifteen year-old watched the fighting in the skies above her home in London, travelling into the City each day to work. Frequently she was unable to return home, and spent the night in either public bomb shelters or the underground. She said the war made you grow up very fast.

In Risking It All, Spitfire pilot Billy, is grieving for his brother who was killed during the Battle of Britain. Many pilots never fully recovered from the trauma of those months, pushed to breaking point by exhaustion and fear. However they still continued to fly, often arguing with doctors who tried to ground them. These were young men with everything to live for, yet they were willing to risk their lives to defend their homes.

I only hope that had I been alive at this time, I could have shown a similar courage.  I asked my granny if she had been scared during the Battle of Britain, knowing that the German army was just across the channel. She looked me straight in the eye.

“No,” she said, “because I never thought for one moment that we would lose.’

And with spirit like that, I don’t think we ever could have done!

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