Seventy years ago, World War II uprooted my father, Norman Buckle, 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, West Africa; Sidney, Australia; and Ponam, 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 daring-do: it describes some of Norman's experiences far away from home and documents everyday life on a naval shore-base during WW2.
Approximately 22,000 words long, the book is roughly half and half diary and annotations.
Health warning: there may be a few passages in the diary extracts that upset modern sensibilities.
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