FLIGHTS OF FANTASY

The story behind the book stretches back some 70 year. It follows a childhood fascination with earlier times, a growing awareness of art and a lost treasure trove of paintings and sketches, the story of which can be found by clicking on the old enamel box of water-colour paints.

It took a further 30 years, my retirement, lots of thought and a six years of research before I could set pen to paper, or keyboard to screen to be more accurate. When I eventually began writing, it was influenced by the style of Irish storytellers, the keepers of oral history in which historic facts are correct, but some creative non-fiction added to the mix.

A beautifully illustrated, A4, paperback book published in 2020 by Suzanne Lau in World of Creative Dreams Without whom my flight of fantasy would still be just that.

The book is written for everyone, from great grandparents and grandparents who lived through the events; to young adults who didn’t. For those with a broad interest in the history of the first half of the 20th Century; aviation enthusiasts, art lovers and folk who enjoy a compelling yarn…

Impressions of AFS firefighters during the Liverpool Blitz

“This book is excellent, put together from personal family memoirs, drawings & paintings from the author’s father. It follows his life from Ramsgate, where he witnessed Bleriot’s flight across the Channel from his father’s fishing smack. When Ramsgate became the most heavily bombed city in WW1, the family moved to Liverpool, ironically our second most bombed city in WW2.

Follow George’s fascination with aircraft from both world wars, his excellent sketches & paintings, along with the fascinating people he met along the way – and how they fit into this fascinating memoir. “I’m really not into anything to do with wars…but the illustrations in this book pulled me in and then I couldn’t stop…it’s a lovely read and George Snr was obviously a very talented artist. I’m glad George Jr put it all together for the rest of us to enjoy – Jenny


And a few pages to whet your appetite…

And finally, a short chat with with Helen Jones of BBC Radio Merseyside about the book…

© BBC Radio Merseyside 2021

All Images and text in this website are copyright: ©George Munday, 2021 and may not be used without the prior permission of the copyright holder.

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