Over to You : Ten Stories of Flyers and Flying Paperback
by Roald Dahl
Part of the Penguin Modern Classics series
During the Second World War Roald Dahl served in the RAF and suffered horrific injuries in an air crash in the Libyan desert.
Drawing on his own experience as a fighter pilot, Dahl crafted these ten spine-tingling stories: of air battles in the sky; of the nightmare of being shot down; of the infectious madness of conflict; and of the nervy jollity of the Mess and Ops room.
Dahl brilliantly conveys the bizarre reality of a wartime pilot's daily existence, where death is a constant companion and life is lived from one heartbeat to the next.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 160 pages, illustrations
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 28/01/2010
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780141189659
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Review by StephenHughes
Magnificent collection of stories that clearly indicate the great writer that Dahl would go on to become. At the same time, these are the kind of war stories that aren't written anymore in the days of push-button wars and anonymous enemies and victims. The last story, "Someone Like You", is a worthy addition to the anti-war and pro-conciliation stories of Ambrose Bierce and Mark Twain.