New Derek Robinson Novel

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#5
If you've never read any Derek Robinson, "Piece Of Cake" is an awesome book to read first. Dark humour, gripping action and beautiful character portrayal.
 

Auld-Yin

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#6
Currently being reviewed for ARRSE Book Reviews.
 
#7
Enjoyed all the Derek Robinson WW1/2 books and definitely going to buy "A Splendid Little War".

Odo
 
#8
Derek Robinson, along with Pratchett, Robert Rankin, and GMF(when alive) are authors I buy in hardback, and sight unseen, knowing you're onto a winner.

Edited to add, not available at Brent Cross as of two hours ago. Mrs Chef checked for me.
 
#9
Glad he's found a publisher - he had to self publish his last novel and you had to personally email the old codger for a copy. It was (of course) a superb read - think Goshawk Squadron but with Avro Vulcans...............
 
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#11
Thanks, Arrsers, for introducing me to Derek Robinson. Halfway through "Piece of Cake" at the moment.

I found it difficult to get into at first because of the "silly ass" type humour. But I guess it actually was like that - most of those lads were barely out of their teens at the start of WW2.

Now I'm absolutely gripped by the characters and action, and can't put it down! Just ordered the next two books in the series.
 
#12
Thanks, Arrsers, for introducing me to Derek Robinson. Halfway through "Piece of Cake" at the moment.

I found it difficult to get into at first because of the "silly ass" type humour. But I guess it actually was like that - most of those lads were barely out of their teens at the start of WW2.

Now I'm absolutely gripped by the characters and action, and can't put it down! Just ordered the next two books in the series.
No problem. I have only just read "A good clean fight" for the first time and enjoyed it as much as the others.

Odo
 
#13
Sigh...really wish, I'd passed on it. Think Goshawk Sqn, Piece of Cake, A Good Clean Fight or whatever in the Caucus. Same story, and characters in another time lime. Sorry Derek but you've been selling the same thing for 30+ years.
 
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Sigh...really wish, I'd passed on it. Think Goshawk Sqn, Piece of Cake, A Good Clean Fight or whatever in the Caucus. Same story, and characters in another time lime. Sorry Derek but you've been selling the same thing for 30+ years.
You've changed your tune, Flash. You could probably say the same about a lot of authors.

I bet you've been furiously reading them back to back, haven't you? Maybe you need a change :)
 
#15
You've changed your tune, Flash. You could probably say the same about a lot of authors.

I bet you've been furiously reading them back to back, haven't you? Maybe you need a change :)
I have, and I haven't. Last read a "Piece of Cake some 10 years ago, and "Hello Moscow, Goodby England" last year. All good novels as they stand, but the same basic story.
 
#17
I have, and I haven't. Last read a "Piece of Cake some 10 years ago, and "Hello Moscow, Goodby England" last year. All good novels as they stand, but the same basic story.
I'd like to add my thanks to ARRSE too. I'd never heard of the author but as a resuly of reading one of AY's excellent reviews I tried the first in the RFC series. My grandfather was in the RFC and I read Wings of Victory to try to get a feel for what he must have experienced. Robinson's books, although fictional, provide a similar insight.
 

cent05zr70

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#18
Another good read of his is Kentucky Blues. 1800's American small town life. It's got his eye for the absurd and clever dialogue.
As an aside, I played a bit of rugby with him in the late 60's, keen and a good "singist". He used to turn up driven in his mates large pre war Bentley.
 
#19
No problem. I have only just read "A good clean fight" for the first time and enjoyed it as much as the others.

Odo
I bought a signed copy of "A Good Clean Fight" from Robinson's site last year. We exchanged a few emails and he proved to be a thoroughly pleasant bloke.
 
#20
Thanks ARRSERS! I've been trying to find anything to do with Britain's involvement with the revolution in Russia, I wasn't aware or any fiction on the subject.
 

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