Reach for the Sky

Paul Brickhill
Afterword by Douglas Bader

The gripping life-story of Douglas Bader, double amputee and Second World War fighter ace.

The inspirational life-story of Douglas Bader, double amputee and Second World War fighter ace – who repeatedly refused to give up in the face of overwhelming odds. This edition features an afterword by Douglas Bader and contemporary photographs.

The eyes wandered down and absorbed with curiosity that his legs were in peculiar positions. At least his right leg was. He could not see his left leg and forgot about it.

Aged 21, Bader was a rising star in the RAF: an exceptional pilot with a natural flair for stunt flying and an outstanding sportsman, tipped to play rugby for England. Then disaster struck. Carrying out a banned ‘slow roll’ at low altitude, Bader crashed so badly that he had to have both legs amputated.

Published in series with The Dam Busters and The Great Escape.

Three-quarter bound in cloth blocked with a design by Richard Sweeney

Set in Joanna

376 pages

Frontispiece and 16 pages of black & white plates, plus a map

Printed endpapers featuring technical drawings of a Hurricane and of Bader’s personalised Supermarine Spitfire Va

Plain slipcase

9½˝ x 6¼˝

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