Book review: Reach for the Sky

Whilst there was only one Douglas Bader, there are two public perceptions of the man. Firstly, there is the affable fighter pilot as portrayed by Kenneth More in the 1956 film and secondly, there is the real life Douglas Bader, a forthright and sometimes controversial figure as anyone who has read anything about the World War Two flying ace will know.

Having read Paul Brickhills’s biography, Reach for the Sky, and seen the film of the same name, it can be hard to separate one from the other, even more so when Kenneth More’s image appears on the cover of our 1957 edition from Fontana Books. It would certainly be no stretch of the imagination to argue that More’s depiction of Bader went some way to endearing the man to the masses.

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