After 32 years in the Royal Air Force, from which I retired as a Group Captain - more of which on my Biography page - I retired to South Wales to pursue a long held ambition of becoming a writer. Since then, I have written two historical novels set in the Second World War: Wings Over Summer, which follows two young men struggling to survive at the height of the Battle of Britain; and Wings Over Malta, set in the spring and early summer of 1942 among the savage battles above the tiny Mediterranean island, by then the most heavily bombed place on Earth. I have also written a first volume of memoir, Shropshire Blue: A Shropshire Lad in the RAF, Volume 1, Preparation For Flight. All three books are available as e-books or paperbacks from Amazon. I've also written numerous short stories and articles, many published and some prize-winning, and write advertorials for the Cardiff Food and Drink Guide. More detail and samples of my work can be found on my Writing and Short Stories pages. You can find out more about the progress of my books on my News page.
Everest from Kala Patar
I have also become more interested and involved in public speaking, and now give 11 illustrated talks for either the general or business audience. These are: Extreme Everest, about a medical research expedition to the Himalayas; Egypt Without Crowds, about a tour of many of the ancient sites in Egypt three weeks after President Mubarak stood down; the Charge of the Light Brigade; the Battle of Britain; Pilots of the Battle of Britain; Wings Over Summer, about the writing and publishing of my Battle of Britain book; then four talks about my experiences in the Royal Air Force - Shropshire to the Falklands, Lincoln to Tokyo, Hanoi to Barry Island and Life Highlights; and finally, Experiences of Leadership, a talk aimed at any organisation interested in developing its leaders/managers. More detail on these is on my Public Speaking page.