Daredevil Books is a new publisher bringing back some of the extraordinary first-hand accounts of adventure, bravery and derring-do from the last century. It was an extraordinary period of exploration and adventure on land, sea, ice and in the air and we will be publishing new editions of the epic stories of these heroes and heroines from the 1920’s, 30’s and 40’s.
From the first flight over Everest to speed records, accounts of the Battle of Britain from the cockpit to the rigours of Antarctic expeditions and much more, these well illustrated books will breathe new life into an amazing era of endeavour.
Our first edition is probably the best personal account of a second world war combatant, 'The Last Enemy' by Richard Hillary.
We also have a range of hard-to-find original books from the period carefully rebound with new covers and end papers but retaining the original page text. Usually first or very early editions, these refurbished vintage classics will perfectly complement your bookshelf collection.
Visit our Daredevil Originals page to look at the current available selection or order a book you would like us to find for you.
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Our latest Daredevil edition, The Last Enemy is available to purchase now in eBook, paperback and hardback formats.
The Last Enemy
The Last Enemy is an enthralling first hand account of the experiences of Spitfire pilot Richard Hillary. Recounting his time at Oxford University where he was a successful oarsman and flight training and subsequent participation in the Battle of Britain, his book was described by The London Review of Books as “One of the classic works of World War Two".
Stationed just twelve miles east of London, Hillary, like the other “Brylcreem” boys of the RAF, heroically fought against almost insuperable odds in the air never knowing whether the next 'scramble' would be the last.
When Hillary's plane is hit over the Channel he is horribly burned and his account of his agonising, heroic recuperation as one of plastic surgeon’s Archie McIndoe’s ‘Guinea Pig’ Club members is both moving and shocking.
Hillary survived to fly again, one last time on 8th January, on a complex and hazardous night training mission in a Bristol Blenheim V when his injuries severely impaired his ability to pilot the plane. He never returned.
This new edition features a number of photographs brought together for the first time and is published to mark the 80th anniversary of The Battle of Britain. It also features a new introduction by James Alexander Douglas-Hamilton, Baron Selkirk of Douglas, whose uncle knew Hillary well and was himself a distinguished pilot who lost his life in the war.
In a rare recording made in 1940, Richard Hillary describes in clipped tones his first day in action as he climbs into his Spitfire and rapidly flys to 18,000 feet as one of 8 planes meeting 20 incoming ME 109's above them. Click on the link or watch below.
Listen To Richard Hillary
tHE nEXT dAREDEVIL bOOK
due for publication in December
Sir Henry Birkin at the wheel of a sportscar with his silk scarf flying was the archetypal schoolboys’ hero of the inter-war years.
Born into a wealthy family in Nottinghamshire in 1896, he had an exciting WWI as an RFC pilot, and then took up motor racing to feed his desire for adrenaline. As one of the glamorous Bentley Boys he added prestige and success to the marque’s record, and with Woolf Barnato won the ’29 Le Mans in the new Speed Six.
The book is a first hand account of his racing career, including the development of the Blowers Bentleys, which became something of a 1930’s racing icon.
Subsequently racing Alfa Romeo and and Maserati he also continued to race his single-seater Blower, in which he twice raised the Brooklands lap record.In 1932 he was sued for libel by Brooklands, which he criticised strongly in this book. In it, he also advocated the creation of a road circuit and government support for the sport. For 1933 he bought a 3-litre 8C Maserati and was third behind Achille Varzi and Tazio Nuvolari in the infamous ‘lottery’ Tripoli GP; but after burning his arm on the exhaust pipe he developed septicaemia.
He died three weeks later, aged 37.
oUR FUTURE EDITIONS
track & air aces
We have an exciting publishing schedule planned with new editions of some classic accounts of bravery and derring-do by some extraordinary women and men on land, sea and air. Rediscovering these books is proving to be fascinating and we hope you gain as much pleasure as we do from our selection of books for the Daredevil collection.
If you have any books that you would like us to consider please email us to share your thoughts. Thank you for visiting us.
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