A thorough and dutiful account of the designer's journey from airship to spaceship. Morris puts emotional clothes on the man himself, chronicling Wallis's enduring and loving relationship with his wife, Molly . . . the book fleshes out Wallis, revealing his vulnerability . . . What comes through in Morris's book is the unevenness of his legacy
Despite his fame, little was known about the man and Morris, author of a biography of Guy Gibson, tells the fascinating untold story of Barnes Wallis
Fascinating . . . Wallis was in the unenviable position of being one of Britain's most talented engineers who was nevertheless under-appreciated in his lifetime . . . [Morris] does a sterling job of re-establishing his reputation as an innovator in countless fields, in highly readable fashion
Richard Morris's riveting biography of Barnes Wallis . . . characterises Wallis as a flawed yet indomitable genius . . . it is a probing yet thoughtful account of the brilliant mind behind that raid and many other aeronautical feats
A stunningly good and surely definitive biography of one of the most fascinating British engineers ever to have lived. Morris skilfully picks through the myths, the legend, and the ever-evolving narrative to put flesh back onto the bones of an unquestionably brilliant, but also highly complex, figure. The time-span of Barnes Wallis's career, which cut through the heart of the 20th century, including two world wars and into the Cold War, was remarkable, and Morris not only paints an astonishingly vivid portrait of the man, but also of the time through which he lived.
A comprehensive, deeply researched and insightful portrait of Wallis, one of Britain's greatest engineers
Richard Morris's biography is the best and most detailed to date of the celebrated engineer Barnes Wallis
The definitive full-length life of Wallis . . . a genuinely gripping narrative . . . Richard Morris has brought his subject to life with considerable skill . . . a biography that anyone with an interest in Britain's military engineering past will read with profit