It's over two years since I published the annotated version of a diary my dad, Norman Buckle, kept during World War Two.
World War II uprooted Norman from a coal mining village in South Yorkshire and transported him thousands of miles to Sierra Leone in West Africa and later to a tropical island in the Pacific.
I Think I Prefer the Tinned Variety presents the diary extracts Norman wrote when stationed at naval shore-bases in Freetown, Sierra Leone; Sidney, Australia; and Ponam in the Admiralty Islands.
My own fascination with family history has lead me to research the background to the diary which is included as annotations to the text.
The book is not an account of battles and action: it describes some of Norman's experiences far away from home and his everyday life as a shore-based radio mechanic during WW2.
Approximately 22,000 words long, the book is roughly half and half diary and annotations.
My husband, Michael Murray, checks our book pages from time to time to see if there are any new reviews. Yesterday he saw that a new comment had been posted for I Think I Prefer the Tinned Variety and that a reader had thoroughly enjoyed the book. How fantastic that someone takes the time and trouble to post a review; and what a wonderful review it is too. You can read the review on the Amazon Book Page and if the reviewer happens to be someone who reads my blog, thank you very much!
There is a sample of I Think I Prefer the Tinned Variety on the Amazon Book Page if you would like to read the opening section of the book. There are a few entries in the diary which reflect the era in which it was written and are not exactly how we would express ourselves to-day so I've put a warning on the book description. Did you know that you don't need a Kindle to read Kindle books? You can get a free app for tablet, phone, iPad etc which works just as well. Thislink tells you everything you need to know and what to do to start reading I Think I Prefer the Tinned Variety or any other Kindle book. If you have a Kindle UnLimited subscription you can read I Think I Prefer the Tinned Variety for no further charge. There are some photographs associated with the book at http://www.spurwing-ebooks.com/i-think-i-prefer-the-tinned-variety.html.
I'm a former primary school head teacher now enjoying family history, e-publishing and gardening. I'm the author of "Cabbage and Semolina: Memories of a 1950s Childhood" and was delighted when the book became an Amazon 2015 bestseller in the Social History category. I'm the founder of Spurwing Ebooks which is at http://www.spurwing-ebooks.com for book details and information about new releases and special offers. Details of my books are at https://www.amazon.co.uk/C.-Murray/e/B009R7CRVC and the other books I've published are at https://www.amazon.co.uk/Michael-Murray/e/B007AQZMZK