Ken Rees LIE IN THE DARK AND LISTEN First Edition Multi Signed
First edition first print hardback of LIE IN THE DARK AND LISTEN (The Remarkable Exploits of a WWII Bomber Pilot and Great Escaper) by Wing Commander Ken Rees (with Karen Arrandale) and published by Grub Street in 2004. Signed by Rees on the title page and 5 veterans on the front endpaper. Signatures are those of: "Willie the Tunnel King"; Alan E Bryett; Jack Lyon, Jimmy James and one other I am unable to identify.
The book is in near fine condition (blue cloth boards with gilt lettering to spine) with just very light wear. The book is in a near fine unclipped dust jacket which has the very lightest rubbing and creasing to edges. Internally the pages are clean and tight and there are no tears or other inscriptions.
Life is pretty dull for Ken Rees these days. At seventeen he craved danger and excitement; fast planes and cars; rugby, speed and women. Then war came and by the age of twenty-one he had already trained to be a pilot officer; flown fifty-six hair-raising bomber missions by night over Germany; taken part in the siege of Malta; got married; been shot down into a remote Norwegian lake; been captured, questioned by the Gestapo, then sent to Stalag Luft III, where he participated in and survived the Great Escape and terrible forced march to Bremen.
Now he lives relatively peacefully in Anglesey and in finding time to research and write his memoirs with Karen Arrandale, has vividly recreated what it was like to be in charge of an air crew at such a tender age with responsibility for a large and expensive aircraft going 300 miles behind enemy lines, at the same time avoiding flak and enemy fighters and witnessing other comrades being shot down out of the sky. Moreover, he writes movingly about his experiences after capture in the prisoner of war camp, about the build-up to the Escape and the aftermath of it.
Ken's story has it all, excitement, accuracy, pace and drama and he describes events which have become legendary as the former Kriegies, his friends and colleagues pass out of this world.
224 pages including illustrations and Index.
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