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Izzy's War

3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  57 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
'There was rapture in Izzy's life. It came when she was flying. She thought she could write a book about the things she'd seen from above - herds of deer, hundreds of them, rippling across hilltops, houses...people small as matchstick men. Once, she'd seen a couple entangled in their own not-as-private-as-they-thought rapture on a sun-soaked moor. She was addicted to the a ...more
Hardcover, 512 pages
Published September 16th 2010 by Ebury Press (Fiction) (first published January 1st 2010)
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Tara Chevrestt
Disappointing. I was expecting more aviation considering it's a 500 some page book. Seems to me, however, that though the novel is ABOUT a bunch of woman ATA pilots, it focuses very little on their careers and the war and instead focuses on their sex lives. If they aren't "doing it," they're talking about "doing it" or thinking about "doing it" or writing letters about "doing it." And some of the girls are doing it with the other girls' men or doing it with numerous men. Basically, the book is a ...more
Carol W
Apr 13, 2011 Carol W rated it really liked it

The cover photograph shows First Officer Maureen Dunlop, a pilot with the ATA.

Until I read this novel, I was unaware that women were pilots as their part in the war effort. I had heard, from relatives and friends about their role taking on the mens' jobs, whilst they were away, but that had been as land girls, factory workers or drivers.

The story has two main settings. Three women pilots, working together and sharing a cottage in England, and a group of women working as Lumberjills in Inverness
Clare O'Beara
Izzy and a couple of other ladies are pilots when the start of WW2 comes along, so they are needed to fly Spitfires and other planes between aerodromes, factories and other places. This spares male combat pilots from having to do the work, though there are not enough women pilots so some men do it.

Naturally the ladies have mainly come from wealthy families and have what appear to be high standards, though in one woman's case that means gutter morals. Only the rich could get away with always hav
Sep 20, 2013 Susan rated it really liked it
I came close to giving up on this book in the early chapters. My focus was on Izzy but I got irritated in the early chapters by the sudden change to new characters as the central figure. Maeve Binchy does this technique well, but somehow it did not work for me here. However I stuck with the book and was glad I did. It was at times very moving on the role that women undertook during the war. I had no idea that there were women pilots flying in Britain at this time as part of the Air Transport Aux ...more
Aug 10, 2015 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Quite interesting and easily readable book about WWII and the female pilots and their friends and companions
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Sep 10, 2015 Hilary Tesh rated it did not like it
Oh, Isla, why did you depart from your usual witty, quirky style of writing? The historical background was really just a pretext for a routine romance when it could have been so much more.
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Born in Edinburgh, Isla Dewar now lives in Fife with her husband, a cartoonist, and two sons. Her first novel, Keeping Up with Magda, published in 1995, has been followed by a string of bestsellers.
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