London Web Designers. Accessible, ethically priced London website designers. This site will look much better in a browser that supports web standards, but it is accessible to any browser or Internet device. Skip navigation and go to content.

Thomas Bloor

Thursday, February 21, 2008

BOMBER BOYS by Thomas Bloor – OUT NOW!

There are a number of books out there with the same title, but all of them, apart from mine, are non-fiction accounts of Second World War bomber crews. The setting is the same for my book, but mine is fiction, a slim 9,000 word novella. It tells the story of the young crew (average age around 19) of Lancaster bomber M for Mother, before and during a raid on Berlin in 1944. It’s published by Barrington Stoke, a publisher that specialises in books for young people who have a thirst for good stories, well-told, but who can have difficulty reading them. The books are edited with the help of a group of readers, a sample of the children and young adults the books are aimed at, which means there’s no talking down or unnecessary simplification. There are some great writers published by Barrington Stoke. Their website is

I had a lot of help with the research for BOMBER BOYS from my uncle, who was in RAF Bomber Command, where he served in the famous dam buster squadron as part of the ground crew. He joined up just after the war finished and got to go on a goodwill tour of America. He once told me a story of flying which has always stuck in my mind. Touring America by plane, my uncle and his friends were admiring a beautiful sunset through the Perspex canopy of the cockpit. When the last red rays of the sun disappeared behind the mountains the pilot announced over the intercom, “That was a fantastic sunset, lads. Shall we see it again?” And so he climbed several thousand feet and there was the sunset all over again! I imagine that’s not something you could easily do in these days of flight paths and crowded skies...


December 2004   January 2005   February 2005   March 2005   April 2005   May 2005   June 2005   July 2005   November 2005   March 2006   May 2006   June 2006   October 2006   November 2006   December 2006   January 2007   February 2007   June 2007   July 2007   August 2007   September 2007   October 2007   November 2007   January 2008   February 2008   March 2008   April 2008   May 2008   June 2008   July 2008   October 2008   November 2008   December 2008   January 2009   February 2009   March 2009   July 2009   December 2009   February 2010   June 2010   September 2010   November 2010   January 2011   February 2011   August 2011   September 2011   January 2012   February 2012   August 2012   December 2012   April 2013  

This page is powered by Blogger. Isn't yours?