The ‘Harry’s Game’ series of books are based on actual events, such as the Dunkirk evacuation during the Battle of France in 1940, which have been researched in detail to ensure the environment, equipment, and attitudes of the day are as authentic as possible, so the reader can immerse themselves in the stories, and feel the authenticity of wartime life as they follow Harriet’s adventures.
While the stories and the characters, Harriet included, are fictional, they are often influenced by events that actually happened, such as the Victoria Cross winning bravery of James Brindley Nicolson, who climbed back into his burning Hawker Hurricane to shoot down an enemy aircraft; and people that were as real as you or I, like Beatrice ‘Tilly’ Shiling, the female engineer who fixed the deadly carburettor fault in the mighty Rolls Royce Merlin engine, and improved the performance of both the Harker Hurricane and Supermarine Spitfire in combat, and saved the lives of many fighter pilots.
The books also contain a relatively accurate reflection of attitudes of the time, particularly those relating to gender, race, equality, and discrimination. However, every effort has been made to demonstrate the diverse, accepting, and for the period quite groundbreaking attitudes shown by many who led the fight for change, and continued to do so long after the fight for freedom had been won.
While the books attempt to bring an important part of our history to modern audiences and new generations, they aim to keep a high degree of historical accuracy, which serves to recognise the courageous women and men of all nationalities who fought in World War Two. The books may even encourage those who read them to explore the many wonderful books written by those who were there; and lived through adventures far more inspiring, fantastic, and at times more unbelievable than those of Harriet and her friends.