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Biggles:

The Authorised Biography

About... Biggles: The Authorised Biography

For over fifty years James Biggles Worth, D.S.O., D.F.C., M.C., has flown the skies. The mythical ace to end all flying aces, the fearless pilot of everything from Sop with Camels to the earliest jets, he emerged with glory from devilish scrapes all over the world.

​Yet until now Biggles has often been seen as a storybook caricature. A dashed fine chap, certainly. But not the extraordinary man he really was. Here, for the first time, is an insight into the 'real' man who made these adventures possible. This book unravels the missing strands in Biggles' life; delving vigorously into subjects that were once taboo.Why did Biggles never marry? What was the truth about his tragic first love? And what were Biggles' real regrets and frustrations as he tried to come to terms with a rapidly developing world in peacetime? The truth - so long hidden behind a stiff upper lip and an equally stiff pink gin in the Officers' Mess - is at last revealed.


One Amazon review for Biggles: "As a Biggles fan in my childhood, I loved this adult take on the 'real' man behind all Capt W.E. Johns's stories."

john pearson the author