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.

About the author:

Diana Bishop has spent twenty years as a TV news correspondent and independent film producer for CBC, CTV, Global Television, and NBC News, telling stories of some of the biggest newsmakers of the day. In 2002, she co-produced a documentary about her famous grandfather, First World War flying ace Billy Bishop, entitled A Hero to Me. Diana now runs a communications and personal branding business called The Success Story Program.

Review:

This story showed incredible courage, insight, and strength. I loved Diana’s ability to show her vulnerability, and the questioning of parenting, regardless that her parents were famous or not. Coming to terms with the past and our feelings for one another is a lesson not lost on me. I really enjoyed the journey that Diana and her father took in his later years. Men tend to write books about the battle, and women write about the battle scars. Well done! Heartfelt and insightful!

Living Up to a Legend – My Adventures with Billy Bishop’s Ghost by Diana Bishop

Available in paperback, PDF, ePub or Kindle e-Book, 216 pages

Available at Amazon.ca and Dundurn Press.

Published by Dundurn Press, February, 2017

ISBN 978-1-45973-770-9