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The Man Who Was Saturday

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Soldier, spy, lawyer, politician - Airey Neave was assassinated in the House of Commons car park in 1979. Forty years after his death, Patrick Bishop’s lively, action-packed biography examines the life, heroic war and death of one of Britain’s most remarkable 20th-century figures.

Airey Neave was one of the most extraordinary figures of his generation. Taken prisoner during WW2, he was the first British officer to escape from Colditz and, using the code name ‘Saturday’, became a key figure in the IS9 escape and evasion organisation which spirited hundreds of Allied airmen and soldiers out of Occupied Europe. A lawyer by training, he served the indictments on the Nazi leaders at the Nuremburg war trials. An ardent Cold War warrior, he was mixed up in several of the great spy scandals of the period.

Most people might consider these achievements enough for a single career, but he went on to become the man who made Margaret Thatcher, mounting a brilliantly manipulative campaign in the 1975 Tory leadership to bring her to power.

And yet his death is as fascinating as his remarkable life. On Friday, 30 March 1979, a bomb planted beneath his car exploded while he was driving up the ramp of the House of Commons underground car park, killing him instantly. The murder was claimed by the breakaway Irish Republican group the INLA. His killers have never been identified.

Patrick Bishop’s new audiobook, published to mark the 40th anniversary of his death, is a lively and concise biography of this remarkable man. It answers the question of who killed him and why their identities have been hidden for so long and is written with the support of the Neave family.

©2018 Patrick Bishop (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic reviews

"This is a terrifically readable, authoritative book that told me many fascinating things I did not know." (Max Hastings, Sunday Times)

"As a former war correspondent with more than 30 years’ experience, Bishop brings journalistic strengths to his second career as a popular historian: an easily readable and exciting writing style, a knowledge of what fighting means to those at the sharp end, a nose for the nub of the story, and an admirable compassion for the victims of war on all sides...a book that at once educates, explains, and excites." (BBC History Magazine, Book of the Month)

"Monumental...after Bishop's pilot's eye views of the war in Fighter Boys and Bomber Boys, Air Force Blue counts as a publishing event. It won't disappoint." (The Times)

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Enjoyable but frustratingly light

An enjoyable account of Airey Neave's interesting life and times but frustratingly light on insights into the man himself.

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Great read and really easy listen

I loved this book - I didn't know much about Airey Neave before I read this book but loved the pace, the "story" and the man who treated women well "despite" his background and the balanced evaluation. It calls out his flaws as much as his strengths so very balanced. One of the best different books I've read this year.