CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe to Pilot Magazine today CLICK HERE

Review: The Butler’s Son by Geoff Hill

PUBLISHED: 12:24 01 June 2017 | UPDATED: 12:24 01 June 2017

Books and gear

Books and gear

Archant

A little simplistic, but harmelss. Buy The Butler’s Son via Amazon for £6.75 on paperback

This novel is based on the premise that the butler’s son of the title is in waiting to follow in his father’s shoes.

In practice, this reviewer suspects he would have been pressed into some other sort of service in ‘the big house’ by the age of around fourteen, both to keep him gainfully occupied and because his parents would not have been able to afford to keep him without his financial contribution to their household.

However, if you can suspend your disbelief that a butler’s son could reach eighteen without a job, and could just happen to meet Hugh Trenchard when helping serve at a dinner party in the main house – and be remembered by him some years later – then you will enjoy this gentle novel of life and love in Northern Ireland, on the Somme, and then flying over France in the RFC.

There are some other improbable coincidences to swallow along the way but the book still presents an innocuous way to while away a few hours.

Our verdict: Stretching credulity, a little simplistic but harmless.

www.ourworlds.net/thunderchild

More from Gear

Thursday, November 29, 2018

In the third and final part of this series we look at where the technology goes from here | Words: Philip Whiteman

Read more
Tuesday, September 18, 2018

How air-brained are you? Test your general aviation knowledge on matters including safety, history, training or anything related to flying! Compiled by James Allan

Read more
Monday, September 17, 2018

I see you… But do you see me? Part two of our series on electronic conspicuity focuses on the capabilities – and compatibility – of the existing technology

Read more
Thursday, September 13, 2018

What is electronic conspicuity, how does it work and what aircraft equipment is available? – Part one in a new series | By Philip Whiteman

Read more
Monday, July 30, 2018

We’re offering one lucky pilot the chance to win a Yaesu FTA-750 Spirit air band transceiver worth £380

Read more
Friday, May 11, 2018

The online user portal launched in January by NATS promises to make it easier to cross controlled airspace. We put it to the test. Words by Colin Goodwin, photos by Philip Whiteman

Read more
Monday, April 23, 2018

The IC-A25NE is the latest 8.33 handheld from leading manufacturer Icom. Stylish and packed with features including Bluetooth connectivity and the ability to display navigational information from flight plans uploaded from Andriod or iOS devices, it is designed to ‘change the way pilots fly’

Read more
Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Bose has introduced its new active noise cancelling headset for the flight deck, the Bose ProFlight Aviation Headset, a headset described as lightweight and comfortable with three levels of user selectable active noise cancellation

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Pilot weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most Read


Subscribe or buy Pilot Magazine