When I was a kid, knee high to a grasshopper, Dad used to take me for a Sunday morning stroll through Liverpool City centre, where the devastation following the Blitz, in which George had been an Auxiliary Fireman was still very evident four years later. On the rare Sunday it rained he’d show me his collection of esoteric water colours and sketches.
When he died, relatively young and unexpectedly a few years later, the art was nowhere to be found. Many years later, while taking a last look around the family home, I climbed up to the rarely-ventured-into loft. In the gloom I found a tatty tea-chest full of old magazines and buried beneath them, a cardboard box..
It contained two books, one an old, dog-eared, hard-backed exercise book packed with the water colours and sketches I’d seen as a child. The second, an Auxiliary Fire Service (AFS) Training Manual, with cartoons illustrating the lighter side of Dad’s traumatic experiences in the fire service during the Liverpool Blitz. They needed to be shared and eventually “Flights of Fantasy” took off.
It’s a book for everyone to enjoy, from grandparents who lived through the events; to young adults who never; to aviation enthusiasts; those with a broad interest in the history of the first half of the 20th Century; and for art lovers.
An early reader wrote: “This book is excellent, put together from personal family memoirs, and drawings & paintings from the author’s father. It follows his life from Ramsgate, where he witnessed the flight of Bleriot across the Channel, from his father’s fishing smack. Ramsgate was our most heavily bombed city In WW1, so the family moved to Liverpool, which ironically became our second most bombed City in WW2. Follow George’s fascination with aircraft from both world wars and his excellent sketches & paintings, along with some of the fascinating people he met along the way – and how they fit into these fascinating memoirs”..Eric Brown.
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And a glimpse of the story of Flights of Fantasy as covered by the Isle of Thanet News Blog…here.
Getting or sending it couldn’t be easier. Pop into your local bookshop, or make a short on-line visit to its Liverpool publisher, World of Creative Dreams or the UK branch of Amazon and the book can be sent directly to family and friends. Meanwhile, here’s a few pages to whet your appetite…
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