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Under the Wire by [Ash, William, Foley, Brendan]

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Readers may be familiar with Stalag Luft III as the German prison camp that was the setting of the movie The Great Escape. Ash was a real-life prisoner there during World War II, and he spent most of his time there trying to escape. He was a "cooler king," a real-life version of the Steve McQueen character in the film: someone who alternated between planning escapes and whiling away the hours in solitary confinement after the various schemes failed. But, for Ash, unlike his fictional counterparts, life was not a lighthearted adventure. His entry into Occupied France was via an airplane crash, he was tortured by the Gestapo, he watched his friends and fellow prisoners gunned down while attempting their own breakouts. Like Paul Brickhill's Great Escape (the book on which the movie was loosely based) and other WWII lemme-outta-here stories, this memoir is full of excitement and drama. Fans of escape literature will eat it up. David Pitt
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"Totally spellbinding. Bill Ash makes Steve McQueen look like Jim Carrey"
- Alan Plater, writer

"A story of bravery, humor and never-say-die"
- Heather Nicholoson, The Times, London

"Under the Wire makes the reader want to stand up and cheer!"
- Charles Rollings, Wire & Walls

"One of the most inspirational stories I've ever read. A wonderful book about a wonderful man"
- Robert Elms, BBC

"A real page-turner. Wonderfully told"
- Julia Strong, National Literacy Trust

"The sort of wry adventure story that begs to be immortalized on film as a cross between Tom Jones and The Great Escape."
-  Rick McGinnis, Metro Toronto

"Full of excitement and drama. Fans of escape stories will eat it up" 
- David Pitt, American Library Association

"Moving, very entertaining story. Through all Bill's years in PoW camps shines his steely determination to keep fighting. Under the Wire is a book that everybody should read."
 - Libby Purves, Midweek, BBC Radio

"An Amazing story. Bill may well have provided inspiration for the Steve McQueen character in The Great Escape. Sixty years on, that inspiration is undimmed"

- Yorkshire Post

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  • File Size: 901 KB
  • Print Length: 399 pages
  • Publisher: Brendan Foley (November 28, 2012)
  • Publication Date: November 28, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AF4I0K8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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