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City Books Present: John Nichol

Wednesday 18th July 2018 - Starts 7pm



John Nichol served in the Royal Air Force for fifteen years. On active duty during the first Gulf War in 1991 his Tornado bomber was shot down during a mission over Iraq. Captured, tortured and held as a prisoner of war, John was paraded on television provoking worldwide condemnation and leaving one of the most enduring images of the conflict. He has made a number TV documentaries with WWII veterans and is a widely quoted commentator on military affairs.

John will be talking about his new book, the Sunday Times bestseller; “Spitfire – A Very British Love Story”: The iconic Spitfire found fame during the darkest early days of World War II. But what happened to the redoubtable fighter and its crews beyond the Battle of Britain, & why is it still so loved today? From the Battle Of Britain to Malta, North Africa and the Far East, then over the D-Day beaches, Nichol’s book contains heart-stopping first-hand accounts of battling pilots, some forced to bail out over occupied territory; of sacrifice and wartime love; of aristocratic female flyers, and of the mechanics who braved the Nazi onslaught to keep the aircraft in battle-ready condition. Populated by a cast of redoubtable, heroic characters, Spitfire makes you want to stand up and cheer.

Tornado Down

John Nichol and John Peters told the incredible story of their part in the War against Saddam Hussein’s regime. It is a brave and shocking and totally honest story: a story about war and its effects on the hearts and minds of men. RAF flight lieutenants John Peters and John Nichol were shot down over enemy territory on their first airborne mission of the Gulf War. Their capture in the desert, half a mile from their blazing Tornado bomber, began a nightmare seven-week ordeal of torture and interrogation which brought both men close to death.

John is also the author and co-author of many other bestsellers, including ‘The Last Escape’, ‘Tail-End Charlies’, ‘Medic’, ‘Home Run- Escape from Nazi Europe’, ‘Arnhem’, ‘The Red Line’ and ‘Return of the Dambusters’.