Bishop writes an exciting aerial dogfight, rich in the telling detail that makes for authenticity. Yet this is a good deal more than a bloke's yarn, with well-drawn, convincing characters and plenty of what the movie-makers used to call love interest, too.
Gripping...powerful descriptions of the air battles and life on a RAF station...equally good at capturing the mood in a rural pub, or a smoky, sweaty ballroom...The final, most thrilling, part of the book takes place in the aftermath of the D-Day landings in 1944...a poignant end to an enthralling tale, and I hope not the last of Bishop's wartime novels
Best known for his fine histories of the RAF in the Second World War, Bishop proves equally adept at historical fiction with this well-crafted and beautifully written debut novel...A compelling read.
'A measured, lyrical novel of remarkable scope and poise, A GOOD WAR is also replete with the realism and authenticity that are the author's hallmark...wonderfully evocative...A GOOD WAR confirms Patrick Bishop as a writer of fiction who has come of age'
A real feel for the period
Patrick Bishop turns novelist in this beautifully crafted love story. In its evocation of time and place it rings true at every turn.
A superb account of the spirit and character of Fighter Command
One of the most profoundly moving books about the war to have emerged in recent memory
Superbly written and authoritative
One of the bravest and best war correspondents alive, Bishop has an instinctive sympathy for his subject
A terrific book, so riveting, exciting and moving - a true memorial
As fine a book as you'll ever read on modern warfare
The combat and the emotional dramas are charged with tension . . . the writing is strong and assertive and powerfully conveys the atmosphere of living on the edge . . . a fine debut