I have just finished reading this book and feel a strong need to recommend it. In brief it recounts the story around some of Britain's postwar aircraft (military and civil), the companies which built them, the test pilots who flew them and in some cases, the governments which cancelled them.
It is written in such an engaging style that even a reader with only a passing interest in aviation will be gripped, while for those of us with a (slightly) better than average knowledge of the subject will be confronted with plenty of''new' information.
My copy was a classic impulse buy the last time I was in London - at £2 I felt I really couldn't go wrong. I didn't.