Manages to construct the tale in such a way that it breaks free of the text-book approach ... Compiled with a pace that could put a lot of thrillers to shame.
Brilliant ... This highly informative, moving series should form part of the National Curriculum.
A wonderful oral history of Great Britain during the Dunkirk evacuation and the Battle of Britain in the tradition of Stephan Ambrose; recommended for all collections.
Compelling ... Mesmerizing stuff.
Beautifully made ... Achingly vivid.
From fighter-pilots risking their lives in the skies above England, to squaddies stranded at Dunkirk, to schoolgirls sent abroad to Canada (the book is worth buying just for Bess Walder's account of horror and redemption aboard the City of Benares), this is riveting.