Simon Baker

Pilot Episode

Under the Radar


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After three comic novels about the embittered ghostwriter Gerald Samper, James Hamilton-Paterson returns to the more serious type of fiction that has shaped his career. Under the Radar (which could serve as the title of a memoir by this critically lauded yet low-profile author) is set mostly in the first half of the 1960s, when the Cold War was so wintry that a Soviet nuclear attack seemed frighteningly probable. Its central character, Squadron Leader Amos McKenna, pilots a Vulcan, which at that time was the most sophisticated craft in the air, envied even by Britain’s allies in America. 

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