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Local Author Talk

There’s a chance to hear a talk in April by the best-selling Worcester-based author Dilip Sarkar MBE. A prolific writer and accomplished speaker, Dilip is an internationally recognised expert on the Second World War - especially the Battle of Britain, having enjoyed a unique relationship with 'Churchill's Few'.

Fascinated by the Second World War, especially the human experience involved, as a young man Dilip realised that although the memories of many famous war heroes had been published, an infinite number of survivors had vanished into obscurity. Since the mid-1980s, therefore, Dilip has recorded the experiences of innumerable Battle of Britain pilots and the relatives of casualties, leading to publication of original research and the collation of an extensive photographic archive.

In 2003, Dilip was made an MBE for 'Services to Aviation History' and has now written nearly forty books. The latest is due to be published by Pen & Sword this spring; Arnhem 1944: The Human Tragedy of The Bridge Too Far tells the stories of individual casualties, offering a fresh narrative and approach to the great airborne battle for the bridges across the Rhine at Arnhem in the Netherlands. 

On Sunday 7th April, Dilip gives two uniquely illustrated presentations at the University of Worcester. In the first, 'I Knew the Few', he will outline the stories of some of the Battle of Britain pilots he was privileged to know.  In the second, 'The Blast of War', he foocuses on his wider work, including more detail from his forthcoming book on Arnhem. Together with his wife, Karen, Dilip has spent much time in Arnhem in addition to interviewing and corresponding with relatives of casualties, allowing their stories to be told with sensitivity and dignity. During the afternoon, special guest Jim Nicolson will give a presentation on his uncle, Flight Lieutenant James Brindley Nicolson, the only pilot of Fighter Command to receive the Victoria Cross in the Second World War.

The event takes place on Sunday 7th April on the St John’s Campus, University of Worcester, between 1pm and 5pm. Tickets must be booked in advance, please visit