Review; A Pair of Silver Wings by James Holland
After watching quite a few episodes of the documentary series Nazi Megastructures, where the historian and author James Holland is one of the presenters, I ended up reading the novel A Pair of Silver Wings. Today I'll post the review.
Description from Goodreads
At the school where Edward Enderby taught for over forty years, there were few who knew he'd once been a successful fighter pilot during the war.It was not something he ever talked about - not even to his family. And for over half a century he had, for the most part, managed to put the memories of those years out of his mind. But fifty years on, he is alone - a widower - with a strained relationship with his only son, and a career behind him that has brought him respect but little affection.
In 1995, Britain is celebrating the anniversary of the end of the war, and Edward finds himself forced to confront the tragedy he suffered during those years. Embarking on a journey of self-discovery and personal redemption, Edward travels from England to Malta and then to Italy, and in doing so comes face-to-face with the idealistic young man he once was, and the devastated and traumatised 23-year-old he was to become.
Following his experiences over the skies of England in 1941, through the dark days of the Siege of Malta, to the partisan struggle in Italy, A Pair of Silver Wings is a story of friendship, love and the terrible legacy of war, exploring universal themes of grief and redemption, and one man's quest to heal the scars of the past.
My Thought On The Novel
Personally I found it a treat reading this book, especially considering how well the descriptions are, plus the historical accuracy. Let's face it, it would be pretty embarrasing for an historian to do any bloopers on historical accuracy while writing fiction. This novel was in general so well written it basically gave me a bit of a "book hangover".