In brief: Common Decency; A Woman’s World: 1850-1960; The Pathfinders – reviews

In brief: Common Decency; A Woman’s World: 1850-1960; The Pathfinders – reviews

Susannah Dickey’s vivid novel about an obsessive friendship; a colourful hymn to the power of social change; and the weighty story of a second world war unit

The so-called “pathfinders” were one of the lesser-known elite units of the second world war, but, as Will Iredale reveals in this mesmeric account, their contribution to Britain’s victory was vital. Their dangerous, often deadly task was to fly ahead of allied bombing raids into Germany and drop flares illuminating the key military targets. Iredale skilfully interweaves details of the brave pilots’ lives with a weighty account of British military strategy, which, as this book details, was risky and successful.