Heroes of the RNLI - The Storm Warriors by Martyn R Beardsley

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4.00 star(s)
Many books have been written about the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). What distinguishes this one is the author has taken the interesting turn of trying to gather these stories by theme, rather than chronologically. The groupings are The Navy Men; Soldiers, Sailors, Priests and Civvies; Multiple Medal - Rescue; Multiple Medals – Individuals; In the Line of Duty; Wartime; and Miscellany. This produces 40 chapters describing the events that lead to an award. Some of these are very short, others a few pages long, some others longer. This produces a book that can be easily dipped into or read from cover to cover. It is selective with some well known rescues and others not so well known. The book clearly tells of the bravery involved in the rescues attempted. Each chapter also chronicles the awardee’s life after the award. This, from my point of view, completes the account.

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Overall, I found this an interesting read. The author uses clear language and the book is well structured. If you have an interest in an enduring institution, then this is for you.

Amazon product

Pen & Sword History Yorkshire 2020
ISBN 9781526725769
261 pages including index, bibliography and appendices, and 8 illustrations
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