In 1940 Helen Chapman and Annie Taylor set out to seek independence and do their bit for the war effort. Helen wants to be a nurse but Annie – a talented flautist – is escaping from home, bitter because – although she has won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of music – her father has refused permission.
As Red Cross Volunteer Aid Detachment Nursing Auxiliaries they are assigned to an RAF Hospital in Southern England. Work is hard, discipline firm, and fraternising with the patients forbidden. Here they find love and tragedy.
Their rivalry for Will Longford—an Australian pilot injured when he bails out of his stricken Spitfire – threatens to destroy their lifelong friendship. As they come of age during the turmoil of war the secrets they keep and the lies they tell haunt Helen.
Will is enigmatic and keeps his own secret…
Angela Lyon was born and raised in Lancashire. She comes from an artistic family, her mother had a degree in music and her father – a professional musician was Musical Director of an important northern theatre. Her great uncle was a well known Lancashire artist.
Her childhood was happy in spite of the war which touched her family personally when her dear brother Maurice was killed in the RAF. In 1944 he was the rear gunner in a Whitley bomber which crashed on a night time training flight from Ashbourne in Derbyshire. He was eighteen. This has given her a lifelong perspective of the importance of the role of the RAF in saving England from invasion.
Angela pursued a career in food marketing and promotion and was the food writer for a major Sunday newspaper. She lives in Australia with her husband Heinrich.
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