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A Good Place to Start

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In ‘Unremarkable: A Good Place to Start’, bestselling author Blake Heathcote provides a completely updated and revised telling of the incredible story of John ‘Scruffy’ Weir: a Spitfire pilot in WWII, POW, key man in the infamous Great Escape, and a spy. 

Drawing on skills he was taught by an Ojibway wilderness guide, and later in SOE commando training, Weir endures a fiery plane crash and four grim years in PoW camps. His crucible of survival is capped by a 350-mile trek forced march in sub-zero weather across Germany to the Baltic Sea in the last months of the war. 

Blake Heathcote brings to life how Weir was trained – almost from birth – for conditions no-one could ever have anticipated. In this beautiful book, Heathcote paints a moving and affectionate portrait of an extraordinary man – and a true survivor. 

From the book:

“If John accepted, he could never talk about any assignment he was given, nor could he speak of, or in any way acknowledge, the existence of the ‘Network’ with anyone but his Uncle Adrian. What’s more, he would be accountable and on call for the rest of his life.

The work would never be particularly easy. There would always be danger and there would be no medals or decorations. The only reward was the assignments themselves. If no-one was aware of him, or what he had done, then he had succeeded. In that regard, the work was the definition of thankless.

There would come a time, as there inevitably did in all intelligence work, when John would be asked to take an assignment that he did not want. But refusal was not an option. Volunteering meant there was no turning back.”

John ‘Scruffy’ Weir: a most ‘unremarkable’ man. A story you will never forget.


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  • $8.99
  • Available on iPad, iPhone and Mac.
  • Category: Military
  • Published: Nov 01, 2016
  • Publisher: Testaments Press
  • Seller: Blake Heathcote
  • Print Length: 263 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Version: 1.0
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iPad with iBooks 2 or later and iOS 5 or later, or an iPhone with iOS 8.4 or later, or a Mac with OS X 10.9 or later.

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