Monday, 28 February 2011

River of Fire: The Clydebank Blitz - Review and Competition

The "Clydebank Blitz" of March 1941 was a series of raids which devastated the town of Clydebank - a devastation which was never properly recognised at the time and is perhaps not as well remembered today as it perhaps deserves.

A new book, "River of Fire" by John MacLeod attempts to redress that balance. MacLeod sets the scene well, describing the rise of the town, and its place in the social and economic history of Scotland, but it is in the description of the events of those two nights where this book excels.

No punches are spared in the description of the air raids - the events are chronicled with such vivd detail at times you feel part of the action. The horror of the blitz comes right out of the page at you in the first-hand descriptions of many of the survivors.

Rounding this book off is an extensive list of those who lost their lives over the nights of 13-14 March. This book is worth purchasing for that alone - as it is that is the icing on the cake that is a fantastic read.

Incredibly well-researched, this book deserves its place as the book on the Clydebank Blitz. I heartily recommend it.

John MacLeod, the author, may be familiar to some as the author of When I Heard The Bell - The Loss of the Iolaire. That book is now near the top of my reading list...

River of Fire is now available in bookshop or from the publishers website.

We have a copy of River of Fire to give away, courtesy of Birlinn Limited. To be in with a chance of winning, simply email us as with the answer to the following question:

The mass grave and memorial to the fallen of the Clydebank Blitz can be found in which cemetery?

Closing date for entires is Monday 28th March, when one correct answer will be chosen at random. One entry per person, the judges decision is final.

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