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Sagittarius Rising (Paperback)

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By Cecil Lewis
Frontline Books
Pages: 344
ISBN: 9781848325197
Published: 31st July 2011
Last Released: 8th August 2023



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'This is a book everyone should read. It is the autobiography of an ace, and no common ace either. The boy had all the noble tastes and qualities, love of beauty, soaring imagination, a brilliant endowment of good looks . . . this prince of pilots . . . had a charmed life in every sense of the word' - George Bernard Shaw

Sent to France with the Royal Flying Corps at just seventeen, and later a member of the famous 56 Squadron, Cecil Lewis was an illustrious and passionate fighter pilot of the First World War, described by Bernard Shaw in 1935 as 'a thinker, a master of words, and a bit of a poet'.

In this vivid and spirited account the author evocatively sets his love of the skies and flying against his bitter experience of the horrors of war, as we follow his progress from France and the battlefields of the Somme, to his pioneering defence of London against deadly night time raids.

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Wartime Memories Project

The classic memoir of an 18-year-old who goes straight from school into the Royal Flying Corps, and with only 13 hours flying time finds himself in dogfights over the Western Front. The prose doesn’t date a jot.

Frank Bernard, Waitrose Weekend magazine

Engaging, spirited account, by turns horrifying, moving and exhilarating. Not only is this a very fine first hand account but it serves to stand testament to all those young men who risked their lives day after day in aerial combat in the skies over the battlefield of all fronts.

Mark Marsay, Great War Magazine

Magical evocation of the lonely battle fought in the clouds.

Daily Telegraph

Classic . . . the definitive account of aerial combat - full of passion and poetry.

Max Arthur, Independent

'Riveting first-hand account. 10 out of 10'

Great War Magazine, Jan 2010

About Cecil Lewis

Cecil Lewis distinguished himself in action with eight victories throughout WWI and was awarded the MC. After the war he became a flying instructor in China and later achieved fame as one of the founders of the BBC, and as a respected playwright. He died in 1997.

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