The Biggles books are adventure stories written by W.E. Johns. They all feature the ace air pilot Biggles as their main character. There are 100 books in the series, chronicling Biggles' adventures in The First World War (where Biggles is 17), in between the two wars, The Second World War, and after. There is some poetic licence though - Biggles is not as old in the later books as he should be if the historical timeline was accurate!
Each book has a similar theme: somebody is in peril until Biggles comes flying in and rescues them.
Many of these books are out of print now, and some are rare enough to be expensive collectors items in secondhand bookshops, but a few have been recently republished.
These books are an enjoyable read for young teenage boys. Fairly formulaic, but fun to read.
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Books in the series
W.E. Johns wrote 98 Bigles books, in publication order they are:
- Reading Age: 11+
- Read Aloud Age: 10+
Some occasional mild swearing.
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