Never Turn Back : The RNLI Since the Second World War, Hardback

Never Turn Back : The RNLI Since the Second World War Hardback


The achievements of the RNLI, often romanticised, depend on ordinary people doing extraordinary things.

The aim of this book is to tell the story of the last 50 years of the lifeboat service through the words and actions of the people involved.

In the period since the Second World War, particularly from the mid-1960s, the RNLI has experienced the most rapid changes in its long history.

The transition from conventional to fast lifeboats, the introduction of inshore boats and the expansion into beach rescue and sea safety have all dramatically changed the lifeboat service.

Ray and Susannah's narrative will draw on first hand accounts of the rescues and the decisions that shaped the changing lifeboat service.

Whilst the book will draw on the RNLI's 180 year history, unlike other recent lifeboat books it will concentrate on the last 50 years and will be based on personal and extensive inside knowledge of the lifeboat service.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 224 pages, 75 black and white and 30 colour illustrations
  • Publisher: The History Press Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Ambulance & rescue services
  • ISBN: 9780750943079



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