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The Cooler King


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The true wartime story of William Ash - the inspiration for Steve McQueen's character in The Great Escape. A thrilling tale of incredible courage and resilience, from one of Britain's bestselling military historians.

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Patrick Bishop spent twenty-six years covering numerous wars and conflicts around the world and he has reported from the front line of almost every major war of our era. He is the acclaimed author of Fighter Boys, Bomber Boys, Battle of Britain, 3 Para, Target Tirpitz, Wings and The Reckoning.


Bishop's excellent account of Ash's wartime exploits makes fascinating and gripping reading. * Sunday Times *
Bill Ash is a genuine Boy's Own hero of whom you have probably never heard. But because Patrick Bishop writes like a dream, you are unlikely ever to forget him. * Literary Review *
The remarkable story of Flight Lieutenant William Ash is told for the first time in its full historical context... Enthralling * Tribune *
Reads like an adventure story, with tales of extreme bravery and derring-do * Military History Monthly *

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