What the Book is About
Bird’s Eye View is a national bestseller in Canada. It is the unforgettable story of an idealistic young woman who joins the air force after her town in Saskatchewan becomes a British Commonwealth Air Training Base during the Second World War.
She travels to England, where she is trained as an aerial photographic interpreter. Working with hundreds of other intelligence officers at a converted mansion in England called RAF Medmenham, Rose Jolliffe spies on the enemy from the sky, watching the war unfold through her sterescope.
With her almost supernatural skills of detection, she solves several critical mysteries. Meanwhile, Rose is lonely and heartsick, far away from her prairie home. Her only connection to her past are the letters from family and friends back on the home front.
Her path to maturity is a painful one, paralleled by Canada’s emergence from Britain’s shadow and the slow, agonizing struggle for victory.
Bird’s Eye View has wartime history, action, drama, mystery and romance. It's a compelling story with a satisfying conclusion. In June 2016 it was listed as one of the top ten Caandian fiction bestsellers in both the Globe & Mail and the Toronto Star newspapers.
This mansion pictured above, and on the back cover of my novel, is located about an hour north of London, England. During the war it was requisitioned by the Royal Air Force, renamed RAF Medmenham, and used as the headquarters for aerial photographic interpretation. Today it is a luxury hotel called Danesfield House.
About Bird's Eye View
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About My Events
I have a fascinating one-hour powerpoint presentation describing wartime women in uniform, and the little-known practice of aerial photographic interpretation. And I come dressed in my wartime vintage duds! To contact me about speaking at your organization, clickContact:
Calling All Book Clubs
Book Clubs across Canada have discussed Bird's Eye View. I would love to visit your club, or answer your questions via email, telephone, or Skype. For a list of discussion questions, click: Book Club Questions
My Favourite Veterans
In August 2016, I released a new book of non-fiction, an anthology of my personal interviews with 28 Second World War veterans. To read more about my new book, or to place an order, click here: My Favourite Veterans