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Who am I?
I’ve always been fascinated with military history, added to which my interest in aviation after serving in Military Intelligence with the Air Force. After a career in advertising, I took to writing during lockdown. My novels uncover forgotten facts and histories, using real characters and their exploits and providing an interpretation of world war events from different perspectives, not just the victors. My recommendations bring the past to life, unpalatable as it might be, with vibrant characters, rich set-building, and beautiful period language, sentiments, and held beliefs. History and conflict, love, loss, tragedy, and forgotten memory are brought to life, full of visceral colour, but importantly always truthfully.
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Why did Patrick love this book?
An absolute classic in the WW2 Aviation novel genre, written by the Booker-nominated Derek Robinson and a high-water mark for my own writing.
It tells the story of Hornet Squadron during the ‘Phony War’ and then the very live war in France and the Battle of Britain. With wonderful dialogue, the bleakest of black humor, vivid, gory battle, and action-filled scenes, it tells the story of the flawed heroes defending Britain in its darkest hour.
In my own writing I try to emulate the master’s characterization and humanity, his deft touch on the psychology and trauma required from individuals to keep piteously at it and the use of period language, humour, and stoicism that defined the age.