Living Up to a Legend
My Adventures with Billy Bishop's Ghost
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs
Feb 25, 2017
6 x 9 x 0.5 in
Diana Bishop recounts growing up in the shadow of her famous grandfather, Canadian First World War flying ace Billy Bishop.
As a child, Diana Bishop showed up one day at school with a brown paper bag. Inside was a large breastplate of some of the most precious war medals on the planet, including the Victoria Cross. They belonged to Canada’s most celebrated First World War pilot, Billy Bishop, and until her family donated them to the Canadian War Museum, they had been kept in her father’s underwear drawer. That day at school was the first time Diana realized she was not growing up in an ordinary family.
Now, after more than two decades in Canadian media, Diana Bishop looks back on her grandfather’s legacy and its profound influence over her life, and also her father’s — the only son of Billy Bishop, who had so much to live up to. Living Up to a Legend is a unique memoir that covers Billy Bishop’s legacy through the eyes of one of the people who it affected the most.
- Explores the family secrets the Bishops kept, and how these struggle with public perceptions of great historical figures
- A story of self-discovery and inspiration that channels the coming-of-age stories of the generation that grew up in the wake of the world wars
- Billy Bishop has a fan base around the world among military and aviation enthusiasts and the general public, so a more personal side of his story and his family’s story should also have a broad appeal
- Deals openly with the impact of alcoholism, post-traumatic stress disorder, and ageing parents
- Author is uniquely positioned to write about the changing face of heroes and the role they continue to play in our modern lives
- Author is well-connected, with experience as a news correspondent and producer with CBC, CTV, Global, and NBC