A fantastic book – Al’s words, echoed by many – showing the impact of war from both sides of the coin. It’s all fiction. The story looks at the 24-hour period before and during an imagined bombing raid over the Ruhr, and the combination of Deighton’s methodical research and his writing style has characters leaning out of the pages, drawing heavily on your emotions. There’s a certain skill needed to make a story this powerful, but the ingredients are all there: the airmen and ground crew of the RAF, the Luftwaffe, and residents of the German town all show their courage and their flaws in equal measure. Deighton started his career as a food writer. Bomber is a cordon bleu book.