July / August 2017 (40)

Fast Jets and Other Beasts

ISBN: 9781910690420

Author: Ian Hall    Publisher: Grub Street

Over a thirty-two-year military flying career which spanned a period when the RAF regularly replaced its fighter/bombers, Ian Hall had seven front-line flying t...


Over a thirty-two-year military flying career which spanned a period when the RAF regularly replaced its fighter/bombers, Ian Hall had seven front-line flying tours on five different types. His story starts in Bahrain in the early 1970s, just before the massive contraction that saw the RAF withdraw from the Middle and Far East. This first, Hunter experience is followed by a home-based tour on a ground-attack Phantom squadron. But as the Phantom is about to be transferred to air defence duties, Ian is posted back to the Hunter on the staff of the tactical weapons unit. This tour, as a qualified weapons instructor, is cut short by a return to the front line on the Jaguar, which he flies in the strike/attack role in Germany. Following an exchange with the Royal Norwegian Air Force during which he enjoys flying the F-5A Freedom Fighter, Ian returns to the Jaguar as a flight commander, then converts to the Tornado and commands a squadron.All these flying tours provide a rich seam of material for incisive, amusing and, sometimes, reflective observations from the cockpit. As do his periods on the ground, from which he recalls impressions of various other types in which he flew as a guest: Lightning; Harrier; F-14 Tomcat; F-16; and so on. He also relates observations of his varied experiences with the army, the navy and foreign air forces, and these are interspersed with musings on the political interface and on friends lost in accidents.Later, Ian surprised himself somewhat by switching to civil aviation, and the book touches upon the twelve-year experience of a fast jet pilot who became a direct-entry turboprop captain. Finally, attired in pipe and slippers, he reflects on a great life of flying, as well as taking a brief look at the things that keep a retired pilot amused. An ideal read for anyone fascinated by tales of exploits in the air.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 192


Dimensions: 156 x 234 mm


Publication Date: 01-08-2017


$49.99
The Phantom Boys: Vol 2

ISBN: 9781910690390

Author: Richard Pike    Publisher: Grub Street

The highly anticipated follow-up to Phantom Boys is here! Once again Richard Pike has brought together brilliant, hitherto unpublished, accounts across eighteen...


The highly anticipated follow-up to Phantom Boys is here! Once again Richard Pike has brought together brilliant, hitherto unpublished, accounts across eighteen chapters. And now there is coverage of the Americans. So, with both British and American perspectives, Phantom Boys 2 is packed with exhilarating action.From combat in the Vietnam War to life after the Falklands War, readers will experience a variety of wartime and peacetime tales. An array of narratives from air and ground crew cover adventures across the world; from the UK, US and Germany to the Far East. It also includes the fascinating story of one female fighter controller's chance to fly in a Phantom during the 1970s.Throughout the book Richard Pike captures the drama and emotion of life in the cockpit. With such detailed stories, readers will be gripped by this captivating book.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 184


Dimensions: 156 x 234 mm


Publication Date: 01-07-2017


$49.99
V Force Boys

ISBN: 9781910690383

Author: Tony Blackman    Publisher: Grub Street

The V Force consisted of three four-jet bombers, the Valiant, the Vulcan and the Victor, all required as part of the nuclear deterrent in the Cold War following...


The V Force consisted of three four-jet bombers, the Valiant, the Vulcan and the Victor, all required as part of the nuclear deterrent in the Cold War following the end of the Second World War. The Valiant was less aerodynamically advanced than the other two and went into service in 1955. The Vulcan entered service in 1956 and the Victor a year later. The Valiant finished operating in 1965 and the Vulcan in 1984. The later Victors were converted into refuelling tankers and carried on until 1993.V Force Boys contains a fascinating collection of previously unpublished stories by V Force ground and aircrew for all three V bombers. Among other highlights, the book includes a first-hand account of dropping the last UK H Bomb, a description of how all the aircraft navigated before the days of GPS, the training the crews received and an armourer's account of how the nuclear weapons were moved with complete safety but not in the regimented way that might be expected. In addition there are chapters which tell of incidents that would not be found in the RAF historical annals but show how the vigilant guarding of the UK had its lighter moments.A must for all Vulcan, Victor and Valiant enthusiasts.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 208


Dimensions: 156 x 234 mm


Publication Date: 01-07-2017


$49.99
Hurricane R4118 Revisited

ISBN: 9781910690437

Author: Peter Vacher    Publisher: Grub Street

Twelve years since the amazing account of Peter Vacher’s discovery in India was originally published, Grub Street is thrilled to bring readers the updated sto...


Twelve years since the amazing account of Peter Vacher’s discovery in India was originally published, Grub Street is thrilled to bring readers the updated story of Hurricane R4118. Since the restoration of this magnificent aircraft to flight in 2004, Peter Vacher continued to research its history, and more stories of R4118’s origins are told, including the extraordinary tale of how this aircraft shot down a friendly Whitley bomber before it was assigned to a RAF squadron. With brand new photography and sources, including wartime letters from Bunny Currant, this book is essential reading for all Hurricane enthusiasts.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 192


Dimensions: 170 x 240 mm


Publication Date: 31-08-2017


$49.99
Sport Horse Soundness and Performance

ISBN: 9781910016244

Author: Cecilia Lonnell    Publisher: Kenilworth Press

An easy to digest guide to conditioning, injury prevention and management of sport horses, that has not been previously available. While most books on riding an...


An easy to digest guide to conditioning, injury prevention and management of sport horses, that has not been previously available. While most books on riding and equine training focuses on developing technical skills in horses and riders, this book concentrates on training physiology, conditioning and management, including strategies to prevent equine injury. It presents advice from some of the world’s renowned top riders and equine vets on keeping the competition horse sound and motivated, supported by findings from scientific equine and sports research, and examples from the careers of top horses and riders. The aim is to pass on well substantiated advice on how as a rider one can help the horse to perform, and how to develop the horse’s physical strength and fitness.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 160


Dimensions: 190 x 240 mm


Publication Date: 21-08-2017


$49.99
Trick of the Eye

ISBN: 9783791373218

Author: Silke Vry    Publisher: Prestel Publishing

If seeing is believing, then artists might be the biggest liars of all. Painters, sculptors and photographers often try to convince their audiences that the pai...


If seeing is believing, then artists might be the biggest liars of all. Painters, sculptors and photographers often try to convince their audiences that the paint is wet; the fruit is real; the window is open; the figure’s eyes are following you around the room. This fun and informative book takes young readers on a thematic tour of art as illusion. From the Parthenon through examples from nearly every major movement and culture, vibrant works of art are revealed to contain visual tricks, puns, hidden clues and just plain deceit. Seurat’s pointillism, da Vinci’s mysterious Mona Lisa, Magritte’s playful paintings-within-paintings, Duane Hanson’s eerily realistic statues are all explored in detail to discuss the techniques, styles, use of perspective, and composition that implore us to look at them again and again. Filled with ideas for do-it-yourself optical projects, each chapter focuses on a theme such as colour, hidden pictures, and surrealism. Designed with the curious eye in mind, this book will introduce young readers to beguiling works of art with fresh insight and a new way of appreciating some of the world’s most important works of art.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 96


Dimensions: 193 x 240 mm


Publication Date: 21-08-2017


$24.99
Amazing Me! Sing

ISBN: 9781846439629

Author: Carol Thompson    Publisher: Child’s Play

What can we find in the dressing-up box? Can you wiggle your toes to the music? How loudly can you sing? Carol Thompson lauds the imagination, creativity and cu...


What can we find in the dressing-up box? Can you wiggle your toes to the music? How loudly can you sing? Carol Thompson lauds the imagination, creativity and curiosity inherent in young children. With a focus on performance, this series encourages children to express themselves and understand just how amazing they are!


Bind: hardback


Pages: 12


Dimensions: 203 x 203 mm


Publication Date: 01-07-2017


$17.99
Amazing Me! Dance

ISBN: 9781846439599

Author: Carol Thompson    Publisher: Child’s Play

What can we find in the dressing-up box? Can you wiggle your toes to the music? How loudly can you sing? Carol Thompson lauds the imagination, creativity and cu...


What can we find in the dressing-up box? Can you wiggle your toes to the music? How loudly can you sing? Carol Thompson lauds the imagination, creativity and curiosity inherent in young children. With a focus on performance, this series encourages children to express themselves and understand just how amazing they are!


Bind: hardback


Pages: 12


Dimensions: 203 x 203 mm


Publication Date: 01-07-2017


$17.99
Amazing Me! Music

ISBN: 9781846439612

Author: Carol Thompson    Publisher: Child’s Play

What can we find in the dressing-up box? Can you wiggle your toes to the music? How loudly can you sing? Carol Thompson lauds the imagination, creativity and cu...


What can we find in the dressing-up box? Can you wiggle your toes to the music? How loudly can you sing? Carol Thompson lauds the imagination, creativity and curiosity inherent in young children. With a focus on performance, this series encourages children to express themselves and understand just how amazing they are!


Bind: hardback


Pages: 12


Dimensions: 203 x 203 mm


Publication Date: 01-07-2017


$17.99
Amazing Me! Dressing Up

ISBN: 9781846439605

Author: Carol Thompson    Publisher: Child’s Play

What can we find in the dressing-up box? Can you wiggle your toes to the music? How loudly can you sing? Carol Thompson lauds the imagination, creativity and cu...


What can we find in the dressing-up box? Can you wiggle your toes to the music? How loudly can you sing? Carol Thompson lauds the imagination, creativity and curiosity inherent in young children. With a focus on performance, this series encourages children to express themselves and understand just how amazing they are!


Bind: hardback


Pages: 12


Dimensions: 203 x 203 mm


Publication Date: 01-07-2017


$17.99
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