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The Last Enemy

Richard Hillary


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PUBLISHED: 17th May 2018
ISBN: 9781405937504
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  • Paperback
    $18.79
PUBLISHED: 17th May 2018
ISBN: 9781405937504

Publisher Description

The Last Enemy is the story of Richard Hillary, one of Sebastian Faulks' three 'fatal englishmen'. In this extraordinary account, the author details his experiences as a fighter pilot in the Second World War, in which he was shot down, leading to months in hospital as part of Archibald McIndoe's 'Guinea Pig Club', undergoing pioneering plastic surgery to rebuild his face and hands.

The Last Enemy was first published in 1942, just seven months before Hilary's untimely death in a second crash and has gone on to be hailed as one of the classic texts of World War Two.

Author Biography

Richard Hillary was born in Sydney, Australia, in 1919. He was sent to boarding school in England and went to Trinity College, Oxford in 1937. He was still at Oxford when the Second World War broke out and, with other members of the R.A.F Volunteer Reserve, was immediately called to duty. He blew Spitfires in the Battle of Britain before being shot down and horribly burned. He underwent several operations by the great plastic surgeon, Archibald McIndoe. After a slow and very painful recovery, Hilary begged to be allowed to return to flying. He was killed, at the age of 23, when his plane crashed in a night training operation.

Review

This slim volume of Hilary's seems to have a weight which makes it sink into the depths of one's memory Arthur Koestler Elegantly affecting memoir -- David Horspool The Times Rivetingly well told...It will speak to anyone who cares for the romance and tragedy of a lost hero. -- Godfrey Smith Sunday Times The Last Enemy rapidly acquired the aura of a book that says something vital, whose importance goes beyond what it literally describes -- Sebastian Faulks One of the classic books of World War Two London Review of Books

Product Details

Author
Richard Hillary
Publisher
Penguin Books Ltd
Year
2018
ISBN-10
1405937505
ISBN-13
9781405937504
Format
Paperback
Publication Date
2018-05-17
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Series
The Centenary Collection
Subtitle
The Centenary Collection
Pages
192