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The Man Who Was Saturday: The Extraordinary Life of Airey Neave

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SOLDIER, ESCAPER, SPYMASTER, POLITICIAN – Airey Neave was assassinated in the House of Commons car park in 1979. Forty years after his death, Patrick Bishop’s lively, action-packed biography examines the life, heroic war and death of one of Britain’s most remarkable 20th century figures.

Airey Neave was one of the most extraordinary figures of his generation. Taken prisoner
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published March 7th 2019 by William Collins (first published 2019)
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Steve
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great book on the life and his unfortunate death of Airey Neave, who was the first British officer to escape from Colditz, a medieval fortress in Germany that was deemed inescapable. He used the code name Saturday and developed the IS9 organization to aid Allied airmen out of Occupied Europe. He later became a lawyer and was instrumental in indicting the key Nazi leaders in the Nuremberg trials. On March 30, 1979, Neave was tragically klled by a car bomb planted by the Irish Republican group, ...more
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Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Left somewhat confused

Airey Nieve, was to me an inspiration.
I visited Colditz Castle and with the kind permission of a duty policeman at the gates of the House of Commons,
I stood on the spot where he lost his life. Very sad.
After reading this book I feel that a different outlook is put on his personality.
I will alway keep my original memories and utter respect for him.
I found some parts of the book to be “Infill “ and a little boating.
Sorry for that, but say it as you see it is what I’ve alway
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Paul
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this. An interesting account ofl ie at Eton and Oxford before the famous escape from Colditz. Enjoyed also the account of Neave's political life.
Engaging and well paced.
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Patrick Bishop was born in London and went to Wimbledon College and Corpus Christi College, Oxford. Before joining the Telegraph he worked on the Evening Standard, the Observer and the Sunday Times and in television as a reporter on Channel Four News. He is the author with John Witherow of a history of the Falkands War based on their own experiences and with Eamon Mallie of The Provisional IRA whi ...more