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by Bickers, Richard Townshend.

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TitleWhile fates permit
Author / Responsible partyBickers, Richard Townshend.
GenreWar stories.
TopicsWar stories. Historical fiction.
Intended AudienceAdult
PublisherVisAbility Ltd. [Association for the Blind of WA]


It all started in 1941. Scully is unprincipled and a bully who becomes rough with any woman who refuses him. Sylvia, a member of the WAAF, is shy, has lived by a strict moral code, and is away from home for the first time in her young life. She caught Scully’s eye, and so it began. With the strain of daylight operations in Blenheim light bombers, with their heavy casualties, eroding whatever vestiges of decency he once had, Scully believes he was under a sentence of imminent death and must live hard to cram as much pleasure into a very short time as he possibly could. Sylvia admires his courage and therefore sympathises with the appalling stress under which he carries not only the burden of overcoming personal fears but also the responsibility of commanding his crew. Admiration quickly turns into adoring affection… Out of the conflict of their different natures come both delight and tragedy, which are all set against a thrilling background of hectic, realistic battle scenes in the air. Nothing is as simple as it seems, but how will everything unfold?

Additional Information

System control numberS2501
Original Print PublisherLondon : R. Hale, 1985.
NarratorDavid Sheppard.
Narrator NameDavid Sheppard.
Participant or performer noteDavid Sheppard.
Narrators GenderMale narrator