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Ex-pat view of WW2 veteran, William Earl’s 105th Birthday

Ex-pat view of WW2 veteran, William Earl’s 105th Birthday

This blog is devoted to my old friend and co-author, William Earl, who celebrated his 105th birthday on 12th May. William and I have been friends since February 2009, when we started working on his WW2 memoir,  Blood and Bandages – fighting for life in the RAMC Field Ambulance 1940-1946.  He’s seen Tom grow up.… Continue reading…

Book club questions for Blood and Bandages – fighting for life in the RAMC Field Ambulance 1940-1946

Book club questions for Blood and Bandages – fighting for life in the RAMC Field Ambulance 1940-1946

Hello and welcome to this post. I was delighted to learn that book clubs are reading Blood and Bandages, so I thought I’d suggest some questions. Book club questions What do you think happened to Mary and why? 2. With which character did you most identify and why? 3. Would you have understood William’s story without,… Continue reading…

A week of celebrations

A week of celebrations

Well, my resolve to write a fortnightly blog has failed miserably and I apologise for going AWOL. How many times have you heard that?! This week is one of celebrations. On Saturday 12th May, it was William Earl’s 103rd Birthday. In case you have not met William before, he is the hero of Blood and… Continue reading…

Third autumn book talk on Blood and Bandages on Wednesday 1st November

Third autumn book talk on Blood and Bandages on Wednesday 1st November

I’m almost half way through my autumn book talks, so I wanted to share what’s happened so far. There was a good turnout at Shoreham Library on 10th November. William Earl, the 102-year-old star of Blood and Bandages was there. He was on fine form despite having recently returned from a five day wedding in… Continue reading…

Autumn Book Talks on Blood and Bandages – fighting for life in the RAMC Field Ambulance 1940 -1946

Autumn Book Talks on Blood and Bandages – fighting for life in the RAMC Field Ambulance 1940 -1946

I’m delighted to say that since my last blog on Blood and Bandages, excellent reviews have continued to appear on Amazon Books.    All About History has added its voice saying that, ‘Blood and Bandages is easy to read and a unique perspective of WWII,’ while Books Monthly described the book as a ‘Superb account of… Continue reading…

The RNLI’s part in the evacuation of Dunkirk May 1939

The RNLI’s part in the evacuation of Dunkirk May 1939

To mark last Friday’s release of Dunkirk the movie, I’m re-publishing a blog I wrote in May 2010 on the RNLI’s role in the rescue. It’s an eye-opener and I hope you enjoy it. Last week, I featured the Royal Escape Race, and on Friday went to Brighton seafront to watch the start. It was surprisingly… Continue reading…

Part five of the inside story of writing Blood and Bandages – fighting for life in a RAMC Field Ambulance 1940-1946

Part five of the inside story of writing Blood and Bandages – fighting for life in a RAMC Field Ambulance 1940-1946

I couldn’t finish the book. However, Karl French had identified one outstanding chapter. I tweaked that and prepared a pitch, synopsis and a CV. Although I had created something to show, I lacked the confidence and skill to sell the book in person. Luckily, I had my good friend, Sandra Clark, to turn to. Sandra was… Continue reading…

Part two of the inside story of writing Blood and Bandages – fighting for life in a RAMC Field Ambulance 1940-1946.

I fudged it. I couldn’t give up scriptwriting. I loved it too much but neither could I ignore my new found obligation. Pragmatism was required, so in my naviety I just added, ‘write Bill’s book,’ to my to-do list.  I determined to give it 100% effort to match that given by those of whom I… Continue reading…

Part one of the inside story of writing Blood and Bandages – fighting for life in the RAMC Field Ambulance 1940-1946

Part one of the inside story of writing Blood and Bandages – fighting for life in the RAMC Field Ambulance 1940-1946

I never meant to write a book. In 2009, the year I met William Earl, I was still basking in the glory of graduating from the University of the Arts London with an MA in screenwriting. The MA had awakened a passion for writing original screenplays and within a year of graduating, two of my… Continue reading…