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Candid Reviews of Derek Smith's* Military History Book - 'No Cousin of Mine'
*The author was part of the ground crew of Number 256 Royal Air Force night-fighter squadron serving as part of the Second Tactical Air Force in Western Germany Reviews
I don't know Derek, but what I do know is that he has written a brilliant book. I received it yestday morning and by 3pm I had read it. I just couldn't put it down.
Yes I too did my National Service of two years, and ended up at RAF Ahlhorn. I was close to Derek as I worked in the Tech Hanger Library, issuing the maintence manuals for various planes and engines.
National Service was not always a bowl of Cherries, but Derek Smith's book shows plenty of light hearted moments.
Derek I hope you come out with a part two very soon as it will be eagerly awaited.
These sort of books are not too common and this one sets a very high standard.
I would highly recommend this book not only for those of us, who were conscripted into National Service, but to anyone who wanted an historical account of what it was like, to be enlisted in the RAF. The book takes you through all stages of entry, from civilian,trade training and eventually as part of 256 Squadron. The book has much many facets of humour relating to episodes, which although could be highly questionable, but actually happened. These stories could not have been made up. I was very fortunate to serve at RAF Ahlhorn and whilst I wasn't in 256 Squadron, I had a first hand view of the seriousness of life in an RAF posting, with two squadrons of MK11 Meteor Night Fighters. This book should be part of anyone's research into life in the post war RAF and their findings will be rewarded with the many examples of servicemen's humour, which supported the sometimes arduous task of maintaining the aircraft.
I had the pleasure of the authors company on 256sqdn RAF AHLHORN for around 12 months during 1953/4. The book describes exactly what happened, both humerous, and more serious,during this period when fit young men were invited to join the RAF and train to maintain the aircraft in a suitable condition for all the decendents of Biggles to fly around in.
A teacher’s creation! This is a highly enjoyable witty fictional book centred around school life and the dreaded Ofsted Inspection. The fictional Beaver's Brook Primary School had received a justifiably scathing report . . . The fragile lives of the teachers are held open to scrutiny and ridicule. Their hopes and aspirations crumble beneath a diatribe of no-holds-barred mockery, in which love, ambition, jealousy, passion, guilt and innocence collide - with disastrous consequences. Have you read this book? Share your thought here. Find out more: Mystery Deceit and a School Inspector
Fascinating and engaging autobiography of career after Royal Air Force service. By Derek Rosser The author’s literary efforts covering his experiences as a National Serviceman in the RAF in the 1950s (A Reluctant Recruit) generated such a favourable reception, so much so that he embarked on a second, more or less true, account of his life as a typical boy growing up in the thirties and forties (Call Me Valentine). This is his third book, completing the trilogy. It is the account of what happened to him after leaving the Royal Air Force; it is the story of a long, and mainly happy, interesting working career. The author Derek Rosser says: “For the best part of forty years I was engaged in trying to earn enough money to keep body and soul together. Some of it was enjoyable, some of it was frustrating and some of it was downright misery….” …Find out more… ‘Earning a Crust’, an entertaining read! “A fascinating autobiography” …publishedbestsellers.com
Read the review of the book 'In all Probability' by The Truth About Books . Hold on. Not so fast. Just when you think it’s just another day…. An assassin with a unique technique, an almost-was soccer star and a bitter long-forgotten one-hit-wonder pop star are just a few of the random characters who turn up within the stories in this book. Each are loveable in their own different ways and are doing their very best to dodge Lady Luck’s sadistic target practice. Heroes they are not. This all happens within “In All Probability” the first collection of Steve Morris’s diverse short stories. And do they all live happily ever after? In all probability- probably not. Find out more: In all Probability