Patrick Bishop spent twenty-five years as a foreign correspondent covering conflicts around the world. He is the author of two hugely acclaimed books about the Royal Air Force during WWII, Fighter Boys and Bomber Boys. 3 Para, an epic account of the British deployment to Afghanistan, was published in the summer of 2006. His first novel, A Good War, was published by Hodder and Stoughton in May 2008 and the follow-up to 3 Para, Ground Truth: 3 Para Return to Afghanistan, was published in May 2009 by HarperPress. His most recent novel, Follow Me Home, was published by Hodder & Stoughton in 2011.
Target Tirpitz, the story of the sinking of Hitler’s prize battleship, was published to great acclaim by HarperPress in February 2012. Patrick’s latest book, Wings, a history of the RAF, was published by Atlantic in October 2012 in hardback and June 2013 in paperback.
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FOLLOW ME HOME
High summer in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
Two young soldiers, Milo and Zac, are on a mission which could really make their names. Their special duties team is to ambush and capture a notorious Taliban leader.
The operation has been meticulously planned and set up. But suddenly – all is chaos.
The hunters are now the hunted. To reach safety they must make their way through fifty kilometres of hostile territory, with a Taliban captive and a young, frightened woman in tow. Perilous at every turn, the journey is the biggest test any of them has ever faced, and it will change their lives forever.
PUBLISHER: Hodder & Stoughton
PUBLICATION DATE: 28th April 2011
RIGHTS CONTROLLED: Translation
Afghanistan, Summer 2006. This is war.
Afghanistan in the summer of 2006. In blazing heat in remote outposts the 3 Para battlegroup is pitted against a stubborn enemy who keep on coming. Until now, the full story of what happened there has not been told. This is it.
In April 2006, the elite 3 Para battlegroup was despatched to Helmand Province in southern Afghanistan. They were tasked with providing security to reconstruction efforts, a deployment it was hoped would pass off without a shot being fired. In fact, over the six months they were there, the 3 Para battle group saw near continuous combat – one gruelling battle after another – in what would become one of the most extraordinary campaigns ever fought by British troops.
Around parched, dusty outposts reliant on a limited number of helicopters for food and ammunition resupply, troops were subjected to relentless Taliban attacks, as well as energy-sapping 50 degree heat and spartan conditions. At the end of the tour, the Taliban offensive aimed at driving the British and Afghan Government troops out of Helmand had been tactically defeated. But 3 Para paid a high price: fourteen soldiers and one interpreter were killed, and 46 wounded.
3 Para will tell the stories of the men and women who took part in this extraordinary and largely unreported saga. Best-selling author Patrick Bishop has been given exclusive access to the soldiers whose tales of courage and endurance provide an unforgettable portrait of one of the world’s finest and most fascinating fighting regiments, and a remarkable band of warriors. Their bravery was reflected in the array of gallantry medals that were bestowed on their return, including the Victoria Cross awarded to Corporal Bryan Budd and the George Cross won by Corporal Mark Wright, both of whom were killed winning their awards.
PUBLICATION DATE: August 2007
A GOOD WAR
Adam Tomaszewski is a Polish airman, flying Hurricanes alongside British pilots as the Battle of Britain rages in the summer skies over Kent and Sussex. Facing death daily and far from his friends and family, Adam finds himself drawn to a maverick Irish soldier called Gerry Cunningham. ‘You’re out of luck, brother,’ are the first words Gerry says when they meet in the crush of men competing for the few women at a dance in a seaside hotel, but when Gerry betrays his lover Moira, Adam’s fortunes seem to have changed. For the next four years, Adam’s life and Gerry’s are intertwined like good luck and bad, love and loss, life and death, their paths crossing at various points on Adam’s perilous journey from the ruins of Poland to the rolling English countryside, from Egypt to Occupied France. A hauntingly evocative picture of wartime Britain, a twisting drama of fighting behind enemy lines, a compelling, suspenseful love story, A GOOD WAR proves Patrick Bishop – already acclaimed as a great historian of the war in the air – to be a superbly gifted novelist.
PUBLICATION DATE: 1 May 2008
GROUND TRUTH: 3 PARA RETURN TO AFGHANISTAN
Afghanistan, 2008. After their eighteen-month epic tour of Helmand Province, the troops of 3 Para are back. This time, the weight of experience weighs heavily on their shoulders. In April 2006 the elite 3 Para Battle Group was despatched to Helmand Province, Afghanistan, on a tour that has become a legend. All that summer the Paras were subjected to relentless Taliban attacks in one of the most gruelling campaigns fought by British troops in modern times. Two years later the Paras are back in the pounding heat of the Afghanistan front lines. The conflict has changed. The enemy has been forced to adopt new weaponry and tactics. But how much progress are we really making in the war against the insurgents? And is there an end in sight? In this searing account of 3 Para’s return, bestselling author Patrick Bishop combines gripping, first-person accounts of front-line action with an unflinching look at the hard realities of our involvement in Afghanistan. Writing from a position of exclusive access alongside the Paras, he reveals the ‘ground truth’ of the mission our soldiers have been given. It’s a sombre picture. But shining out from it are stories of courage, comradeship and humour, as well as a gripping account of an epic humanitarian operation through Taliban-infested country to deliver a vitally needed turbine to the Kajaki Dam. Frank, action-packed and absorbing, ‘Ground Truth’ is a timely and important book that will set the agenda for discussion of the Afghan conflict for years to come.
PUBLICATION DATE: May 2009
TARGET TIRPITZ: X-CRAFT, AGENTS AND DAMBUSTERS – THE EPIC QUEST TO DESTROY HITLER’S MIGHTIEST WARSHIP
Target Tirpitz is gripping WW2 storytelling at its best and a return to the RAF territory of Patrick Bishop’s bestselling Bomber Boys and Fighter Boys.
The Tirpitz, Hitler’s greatest weapon, was reputed to be unsinkable and the battleship inflamed an Allied obsession: to destroy her at any cost.
More than thirty daring operations were launched against the 52,000 ton monster. Royal Navy midget submarines carried out an attack of extraordinary skill and courage against her when she lay deep in a Norwegian fjord in an operation that won VCs for two participants.
No permanent damage was done and the Fleet Air Arm was forced to launch full scale attacks through the summer of 1944 to try and finish her off. But still the Tirpitz remained a significant threat to Allied operations.
It was not until November 1944 that a brilliant operation by RAF Lancaster Bombers, under the command of one of Britain’s greatest but least-known war heroes finally killed off Hitler’s last battleship.
Full of colour, insight and drama, Target Tirpitz is an unputdownable account of one of the great epics of the Second World War.
PUBLICATION DATE: 2nd February 2012
WINGS: ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF BRITISH AERIAL WARFARE
The Royal Air Force is synonymous with its heroic achievements in the summer of 1940, when Winston Churchill’s ‘famous few’ – the Hurricane and Spitfire pilots of RAF Fighter Command – held Goering’s Luftwaffe at bay in the Battle of Britain, thereby changing the course of the war. For much of the twentieth century, warplanes were fixed in the world’s imagination, a symbol of the perils and excitements of the modern era. But within the space of a hundred years, military aviation has morphed from the exotic to the mundane. An activity which was charged with danger – the domain of the daring – is now carried out by computers and pilotless drones. Aviators have always seemed different to soldiers and sailors – more adventurous, questing and imaginative. Their stories gripped the public and in both wars and air aces dominated each side’s propaganda, capturing hearts and dreams. Writing with the verve, passion and the sheer narrative aplomb familiar to many thousands of readers from his bestselling Second World War aerial histories, Fighter Boys and Bomber Boys, Patrick Bishop’s Wings is a rich and compelling account of military flying from its heroic early days to the present.
PUBLICATION DATE: 1st October 2012