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  • Published: 15 July 2010
  • ISBN: 9780099551829
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192
  • RRP: $29.99

The Last Enemy

The Centenary Collection




Richard Hillary is one of the three `fatal Englishmen' in Sebastian Faulks's bestseller of the same name. THE LAST ENEMY is the book he wrote about his experiences in the Second World War; now regarded as a classic, this edition, which includes an introduction by Sebastian Faulks, is published in Vintage for the first time

Published in Vintage for the first time to coincide with the anniversary of the Battle of Britian THE LAST ENEMY recounts Richard Hillary's experiences as a fighter pilot in the Second World War, in which he was shot down and spent months in hospital, undergoing operations to rebuild his face and hands Richard Hillary was one of the members of Archibald McIndoe's famous 'guinea pig club' of aircrew who had been very badly burnt and underwent pioneering plastic surgery. THE LAST ENEMY was published in 1942, seven months before his death in a second crash.

THE LAST ENEMY features an introduction by Sebastian Faulks as Richard Hilary is one of the three 'fatal Englishman' Sebastian Faulks writes about in his book of the same name

  • Published: 15 July 2010
  • ISBN: 9780099551829
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192
  • RRP: $29.99

About the author

Richard Hillary

Richard Hillary was born in Sydney, Australia, in 1919. He was sent to boarding school in England and went to Trinity College, Oxford in 1937. He was still at Oxford when the Second World War broke out and, with other members of the R.A.F Volunteer Reserve, was immediately called to duty. He blew Spitfires in the Battle of Britain before being shot down and horribly burned. He underwent several operations by the great plastic surgeon, Archibald McIndoe. After a slow and very painful recovery, Hilary begged to be allowed to return to flying. He was killed, at the age of 23, when his plane crashed in a night training operation. The Last Enemy is his account of his exeperiences in the Second World War and has become a classic text.

Praise for The Last Enemy

The Last Enemy rapidly acquired the aura of a book that says something vital, whose importance goes beyond what it literally describes.

Sebastian Faulks

`This slim volume of Hillary's seems to have a weight which makes it sink into the depths of one's memory, while tons of printed bulk drift as flotsom on its surface. '

Arthur Koestler

One of the classic books of World War Two.

Philip French, London Review of Books

Rivetingly well told...It will still speak to anyone who cares for the romance and tragedy of a lost hero.

Godfrey Smith, Sunday Times

Elegantly affecting memoir

David Horspool, The Times

He gives you an angle on the war - the pilot's view, before it hardened into mythology, something you won't get anywhere else.

William Leith, Scotsman

Immerse yourself in this extraordinary account of Richard Hillary's experiences... A lost hero whose story has inspired many

Charlotte Vowden, Daily Express

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