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Bluebirds by Margaret Mayhew

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1939 - And in the back of a three-ton lorry, a strangely assorted group of young women bumped over the road to RAF Colston. They were the first of the Waafs. Barmaids mixed with secretaries and debutantes. They had appalling living quarters and no uniforms. And, worst of all, the Station Commander, David Palmer, didn't want them. They were a nuisance, unable to do the work of men, and undoubtedly they would collapse and panic if the station was bombed. Felicity Newman, the officer in charge of the girls, took the scathing criticism with a red face and in angry silence, then began to try and mould the ragtag bunch of girls into a disciplined fighting unit. There was Anne Cunningham, who knew how to dance and have fun, but found herself peeling vegetables and skinning rabbits in the station kitchens. Winnie Briggs from a Suffolk farm - who longed to work on the aeroplanes themselves but met rigid rejection at every turn. And Virginia Stratton, who saw the Waaf as an escape from a miserable home, wanting to build a new life for herself. As the war progressed, so the girls showed their worth - behaving heroically under fire, supporting the pilots with their steadfast strength, loyalty, and often their love - a love that was sometimes tragic, sometimes passionate, but always courageous.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780552152433
ISBN-10: 0552152439
Format: Paperback
(178mm x 107mm x 35mm)
Pages: 704
Imprint: Corgi Books
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Publish Date: 2-Oct-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Frog End is preparing for its annual Christmas pantomime. Tragedy strikes however when a cast member collapses and dies at a Christmas party, having consumed a rogue mince pie. Was the death an accident - or a malicious revenge strategy masked as an allergic reaction? The Colonel makes it his business to find out.

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Dry Bones by Margaret Mayhew Dry Bones, Hardback (September 2015)

In his time living in the peaceful village of Frog's End, the Colonel has learned that although the place might look as lively as a stagnant pond, beneath the surface there is plenty going on.

Bluebirds by Margaret Mayhew Bluebirds, Paperback (September 2015)

Officer Felicity Newman and a ragtag group of young women arrive at RAF Colston. They are the first of the Women's Auxiliary Air Force: brave female pilots ready to do their bit. But Station Commander, David Palmer, doesn't want them. They're a nuisance, unable to do the work of men, and they would undoubtedly fall apart if the station was bombed.

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Author Biography - Margaret Mayhew

Margaret Mayhew was born in London and her earliest childhood memories were of the London Blitz. She began writing in her mid-thirties and had her first novel published in 1976. She is married to American aviation author, Philip Kaplan, and lives in Gloucestershire. Her novels, Bluebirds, The Crew, The Little Ship, Our Yanks, The Pathfinder and Those In Peril are all published by Corgi Books.

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