First Light: The Phenomenal Fighter Pilot Bestseller (Paperback)
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First Light: The Phenomenal Fighter Pilot Bestseller (Paperback)

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Paperback 368 Pages / Published: 13/02/2020
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'Vivid, wholly convincing, compelling. One of the best memoirs for years about the experience of flying in war' Max Hastings, Sunday Telegraph

Two months before the outbreak of WWII, seventeen-year-old Geoffrey Wellum becomes a fighter pilot with the RAF . . .

Desperate to get in the air, he makes it through basic training to become the youngest Spitfire pilot in the prestigious 92 Squadron. Thrust into combat almost immediately, Wellum finds himself flying several sorties a day, caught up in terrifying dogfights with German Me 109s.

Over the coming months he and his fellow pilots play a crucial role in the Battle of Britain. But of the friends that take to the air alongside Wellum, many never return.

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'An intimate account . . . rich in detail' James Holland, Wall Street Journal, 'Five Best World War II Memoirs'

'An extraordinarily deeply moving and astonishingly evocative story. Reading it, you feel you are in the Spitfire with him, at 20,000ft, chased by a German Heinkel, with your ammunition gone' Independent

'A brilliantly fresh, achingly written memoir. Thrilling and frightening on virtually every page . . . Wellum takes you into battle with him. A book for all ages and generations, a treasure' Daily Express

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780241987841
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 279 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 23 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Vivid, wholly convincing, compelling. One of the best memoirs for years about the experience of flying in war -- Max Hastings * Sunday Telegraph *
It took him 35 years to turn his notebooks into a narrative, and the result is a highly personal account of what it is like to face mortal combat, day and night, and what it does to a man who is barely more than a boy -- Ben Macintyre
An intimate account . . . rich in detail * Wall Street Journal, 'Five Best World War II Memoirs' *
An extraordinarily deeply moving and astonishingly evocative story. Reading it, you feel you are in the Spitfire with him, at 20,000ft, chased by a German Heinkel, with your ammunition gone * Independent *
A brilliantly fresh, achingly written memoir. Thrilling and frightening on virtually every page . . . Wellum takes you into battle with him. A book for all ages and generations, a treasure * Daily Express *
Amazingly fresh and immediate . . . absolutely honest, it is an extraordinarily gripping and powerful story * Evening Standard *
There have been countless books about the Battle of Britain. But the combination of immediacy - Geoffrey Wellum had jotted down notes in an exercise book at the time - and distance - another 35 years would pass before he expanded his notes into a narrative - gives this account extraordinary depth and resonance . . . First Light will rank among the finest of Second World War memoirs * Independent *
One of the most gripping personal accounts of aerial warfare ever written * Guardian *
Wellum's story is astonishing . . . moving yet startlingly clear-eyed * Telegraph *
No other account of flying in the Battle of Britain has been articulated as well as Geoffrey's in First Light * Daily Express *

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“Fantastic”

Really well written, at times it feels like you’re sat in the cockpit with him.

Paperback edition
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“First Light by Geoffrey Wellum”

I was fascinated by this book because although I knew about the Spitfires I had never read a book about them and their pilots. This gives an insight into how a young pilot coped with the second world war as a Spitfire... More

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