Recently made into a film by the BBC, First Light is the memoir of a young man (17 years old when the story begins) who enlisted into the RAF weeks before the outbreak of World War II. As the war raged in the air over the Channel, Geoffrey, by then an 18-year-old Spitfire fighter pilot with minimal experience, was posted to a squadron based on the south coast. He remained here for two years and despite the appalling casualty rate - friends disappearing almost after every sortie - he became a brave, decorated fighter pilot. Running through the book are his inner feelings - angst, bravado, comradeship - and it is this powerfully evoked sense of self that is one of the most moving aspects of the book. Finally in the writing one begins to see, through small references at first, the effect on Geoffrey of this endless stress and tiredness. He began to doubt himself, things went wrong and finally he snapped.
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