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For over 50 years James Biggles Worth, D.S.O., D.F.C., M.C., has flown the skies. The mythical ace to end all flying aces, the fearless pilot of everything from Sop with Camels to the earliest jets, he emerged with glory from devilish scrapes all over the world. Yet until now Biggles has often been seen as a storybook caricature. A dashed fine chap, certainly. But not the extraordinary man he really was. Here, for the first time, is an insight into the 'real' man who made these adventures possible. John Pearson has unravelled the missing strands in Biggles' life; delving vigorously into subjects that were once taboo.

Why did Biggles never marry? What was the truth about his tragic first love? And what were Biggles' real regrets and frustrations as he tried to come to terms with a rapidly developing world in peacetime? The truth - so long hidden behind a stiff upper lip and an equally stiff pink gin in the Officers' Mess - is at last revealed.

John Pearson was born in 1930, and educated at King's College School, Wimbledon and Peterhouse, Cambridge, where he read history. He has worked on various newspapers, including the Economist, The Times, and the Sunday Times where for a time he wrote the Atticus column. After the success of his Life of Ian Fleming, he decamped with wife and family to Rome, where he lived for some years. Mr Pearson returned to England to research and write the life and times of the Kray brothers.

©1978 John Pearson (P)2013 Audible Ltd

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Nice to have a Biggles book to listen to.

Well narrated, ripping yarns, very much in the style of the Biggles books. A little trip down memory lane.

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  • tim
  • Lewes, United Kingdom
  • 12-03-14

A truely great listen.

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A great action packed story wrote as though it was by W.E Johns himself. A must read/listen for all Biggles fans.

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I found myself making excuses to go for a drive so that I could listen to more of this book.

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  • Mark
  • Esher, United Kingdom
  • 05-03-18

True to original style

This book is true to the rather dated bouncy Boys Own prose style. The original books are referred to but not just copied. There is however the worst Yorkshire accent I have ever heard; so bad it is actually funny

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  • Carroll
  • 18-04-16

An interesting chronological compilation

A great Biggles fan for decades, I got the first in a London bookstore when traveling in 1990's... I read the books as I acquired them, as a yank they were mostly on eBay.... so I read them bouncing between decades, wars & aerial races.... this alternative approach did a big new role of covering about 50% of the books, but in a narrative form told chronologically by Biggles in later life & also adding the unique twist to explain how old Biggles' would have died. Well worth the listen for a serious Biggles fan!

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