Entertaining and absorbing, with well-rounded characters and many memorable fictionalised anecdotes – this book is a game of two halves. We start with a retreat from France by RAF ‘Hornet Squadron’, and then look at the pilots’ lives from Sept. 39 through Sept. 40, into the Battle of Britain itself. How they think, what they do, and how they’re affected not just by the war but also by each other. Robinson’s book was criticised for his pilots’ black humour on occasion, and a touch of inter-squadron snobbery, but then fêted for historical accuracy. It’s a solid read that, once you get into it, gallops along. Brace yourself for the sequel, ‘A Good Clean Fight’.