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Reluctant Hero

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  9 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
John tells the true story about his dad, Bill's involvement in the Second World War. Bill grows up in the slums of Notting Hill, London and leaves school at fourteen. Despite his insecurities, while still in his late teens, he becomes a pilot of Lancaster Bombers.He desperately wants to belong to the 'establishment' but rebels against the powers-that-be when he realises th ...more
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Published (first published August 5th 2011)
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Kim (Wistfulskimmies Book Reviews)
This is the story of Bill Honey (later to be called Hickman), known as Ballsy Bill or Arsey Bill. He is the authors father and this is his war story. It is a war biography telling the tale of Bill's experiences during the Second World War, from early life to joining the RAF and his war efforts. It tells of meeting his wife and the birth of his son through to his demobbing at age 23.

This was an interesting read. It was poignant, at times funny and the author told the story of his father's war tim
John Hickman
Apr 22, 2015 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I made a number of changes and reprinted a 2nd edition, and then settled on the current edition:
More photos, improved format

Reluctant Hero - ISBN: 9780987094513 paperback

Reluctant Hero - ISBN: 9780987094537 eBook
Pamela Twinning
May 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A book by a new author. A true and unglorified account of life in the RAF during WWII. The book is written by the son of a surviving Lancaster Bomber pilot. War is a tragedy and this book captures the misery of death and despair.
Apr 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
RH is a very easy book to read, and hard to put down.
A little window into a War and how people didn't have a choice and needed to join to survive.
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Sequel to RELUCTANT HERO is the comic foil TRIPPING OVER 1 1 Aug 23, 2015 05:04PM  
John Hickman was born March 1945 in the ‘little room’ upstairs at 8 Barlby Road, Kensington, London, England. Carole, his wife of forty-eight years says that should make him a mature writer.
Educated at private schools John joined the Westminster Bank, and then became an hotelier.
He joined the Pest Control industry based in the UK before migrating with his family in 1971 as ‘ten pound Poms.’ They
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