But for Stanley Woolley, commanding officer of Goshawk Squadron, the romance of Wolley believes the whole squadron will be dead within three months. Goshawk Squadron by Derek Robinson. Antonia Senior. April 13 , am, The Times. Derek Robinson&#;s novels are rooted in realism. He was shortlisted for the Booker for his novel about the RFC, Goshawk Squadron. This scant crumb from the table of the literary.

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I’ve read a lot of books about war and the characters’ actions predictable. I really rated this about 3.

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Every page contains at least one good line of dialogue, one memorable description. What struck me most about this book was the futility of the encounters. He abhors any notion of chivalry in the clouds sqaudron is determined to obliterate the decent, gentlemanly outlook of his young, public school-educated pilots–for their own good. This fictional account of one such squadron was a glimpse into history.

Jan 11, Walt Shiel rated it really liked it Recommends it for: The dogfights are carefully drawn and help to immerse the reader in the thick of the action. Paperbackpages. Published September 29th by Robinson Publishing first published Woolley seems a bit muted now, with a certain weariness to his bolshiness; yet, through him, Robinson eloquently makes the case for the necessity of independent thought.

The folly of war and the charnal house that was WW1 is stripped bare of any intellegenc or glory and shown for w Thank you John Sandford, he recommended this book in one of his “Prey ” series. Robinson makes a revealing comment in the author’s note at the back: The most unconvincingly realised one, in my opinion, turned out to have been a real historical figure.


More about Derek Robinson. Oct 11, Jcorbman rated it really liked it.

Goshawk Squadron

Further suggestions might be found on the article’s talk page. The Germans launch their final massive offensive, which leads to a relentless bloodbath. Mar 06, Geoff rated it liked it Shelves: The horrors of the trenches, the bombardments and fruitless battles over a few metres of land being far from your mind.

To ask other readers questions about Goshawk Squadronplease sign up. I first read Goshawk Squadron about 20 years ago, at the insistent recommendation of a friend. The commanding officer is Major Stanley Woolley, a cold, cruel, and sour taskmaster, training the squadron with brutality. Horror of war RFC style.

Oct 15, Colin Davison rated it really liked it. A very good read, particularly if you’re a military or aircraft fan. He was a qualified rugby referee for over thirty years and is a life member of Bristol Society of Rugby Referees. War is not fair.

It’s not that this is a bad book but that it left me wanting more – perhaps I just could The book cover blurbs note that this was a first novel and short listed for the Booker Prize – suggesting that it didn’t actually get the award but that as a first novel it must have been pretty well received. On the whole, they do not learn fast enough, and, as indeed happened, not many airmen survive.


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WW I aviation buffs. In the air at 50,or even 4, feet, there is no such thing as ‘honor’; only survival.

They go up every day and murder nice chaps like you. There is even more of an echo of Catch here, with a very Milo Minderbinderish Sergeant Lacey procuring all sorts of goodies for the squadron using dead men’s chequebooks; we have twitty padres, bullying generals.

Yet it is not to be forgotten squadgon the night ends in a man’s death, and possibly a rape. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here McCudden was killed in an aircraft accident during the same time period Robinson is writing about.

Find out more about OverDrive accounts. So this bleak, me I’m writing this as we approach the centenary gosjawk the end of World War One. Does not read like fiction. Preview — Goshawk Squadron by Derek Robinson. Aug 14, Fred Baerkircher rated it really liked it. A Piece of Cake also by Derek Robinson, is another good read.