I have just finished reading this remarkable new book. The title, Deadlines by Mike Curtis, neatly encapsulates the two threads which run through this book from start to finish. Poignant, never-before told, family memories of very young RAF Bomber Command aircrew who died in World War 2 are cleverly interwoven with fascinating, often very amusing, anecdotes of a long-serving print and radio journalist who was born long after the end of WW 2, but who has been a life-long enthusiast of anything to do with aviation, and especially military flying.
As a former RAF pilot and Public Relations Officer for the RAF Red Arrows, I thought I might be tempted to skim through the 300-plus pages to see who and what was mentioned! However, from the very first page I was hooked. If you are interested in flying stories, old and new, and the ways and means of journalists, from youngsters on their very first day in a news room, right up to News Editors, then this a book you must read.
by Tony Cunnane
Mike Curtis is a freelance journalist and author. He worked in local newspapers before joining BBC Radio where he spent more than 30 years as a reporter, presenter, journalism trainer, producer, news editor and business manager in local radio and the Asian Network national radio station. Asian Auntie-Ji was his first book. His second, called Deadlines - A Book about Life, Death, Stories and Skies, is out now.