A Review of RAF100: The Official Story PLUS WIN A Selection of Books for Fathers Day

A Review of RAF100: The Official Story PLUS WIN A Selection of Books for Fathers Day

For me, Fathers Day is a time of mixed emotions. My own father is absent from my life. This is down to my own reasons and decisions and I have expressed my emotions on this before in a number of different ways. I have always believed that respect should be earned and not demanded. One of the things that my stepdad is testament to.

Finding my stepdad a gift is generally a straightforward task. He is easy to please and doesn’t usually want for anything. One of the things he is extremely keen on is the history of flight and the armed forces and, in particular, the RAF in which he used to serve. These days he helps out at the Farnborough Air Sciences Trust museum every week and I know that he is in his element there. When I saw that this year marked the 100th birthday of the RAF, I knew exactly what to get him.

RAF100: The Official Story

On 1st April 2018, the Royal Air Force celebrated 100 years of active service and, to mark the occasion, they have a number of events arranged throughout the country. During July they will have a service at Westminster Abbey followed by a parade along the Mall as well as a flypast over Buckingham Palace.

To commemorate their centenary, Carlton Books have released RAF100: The Official Story, a book which is officially endorsed by the RAF and features unique access to their history achives.  Photographs and documents are featured in order to tell the story of different people, planes and the missions they covered – all put together by broadcaster, James Holland. RRP £25.

My Thoughts

The book is beautifully put together and includes images of military documents, personnel and planes. It is presented in uniform fashion with a dark blue cover framed in silver with the RAF badges on the front. I have no doubt that my stepdad will love it, as would any aircraft enthusiast.

Win a Book Bundle for Fathers Day

To celebrate Fathers Day I have a bundle of 4 books to giveaway. Included is RAF100: The Official Story (as reviewed in this post), Great Pubs of London, Cartoons to Cheer Up a Grumpy Old Git and I Love Dad – both featuring The Odd Squad. All you need to do to win is follow the instructions in the Gleam widget below.

WIN A Selection of 4 Books for Fathers Day

Disclosure: We were sent RAF100: The Official Story in return for this post. Please note that all words, images and opinions have been formed by the owner of this blog. They have not been influenced in any way. Please do not reproduce any of the content or images on this post without prior agreement from Verily Victoria Vocalises.

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