Derek Robinson: Piece of Cake

Derek Robinson's WW2 novel, Piece of Cake may be a work of fiction, but the descriptions of aerial combat make it worth the read alone.

That we have decided to single out a novel, when there are so many classic biographies still to chose from is testament to some of the writing in  Piece of Cake.  It's the tale of war in the air, as seen through the eyes of the fictitious Hornet Squadron pilots, an ensemble cast of 1930s chaps, upper class snobs,  public school bullies and battle weary old hands. 

Cover of Piece of Cake
The Pan Edition cover of Piece of Cake, printed in 1984 Key Collection

We join Hornet Squadron on the verge of war being declared and follow them to France for the Phoney War, the chaotic scramble back to Dunkirk and then through the Battle of Britain. 

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