Patrick Bishop has emerged in the last decade as one of Britain’s best-regarded military historians with his books Fighter Boys and Bomber Boys, which cast a new light on the men who flew in the Battle of Britain and the Strategic Air Campaign.
He has also led the field in contemporary accounts of the experiences of British troops fighting in southern Afghanistan. His 3 Para told the story of the initial break-in battle in Helmand in 2006 and won the British Army Military Book of the Year Award. He joined the Paras on their return to southern Afghanistan in 2008 and produced a sequel, Ground Truth.
His writing is underpinned by first-hand knowledge of warfare gained during a long career as a foreign corresponent. He has followed British soldiers on almost all their deployments of the last thirty years from the Falklands to Afghanistan.
He is also the author of two novels, A Good War (2008) and Follow Me Home, which has been described as ‘the first great novel of the Afghan war.’(Major Chris Hunter).
Patrick Bishop’s latest book, ‘Wings’, is a comprehensive overview of the last one hundred wars of the RAF and British aerial warfare. It is published by Atlantic in October 2012.