In the light of the build up to the publication of the Tinker's book, Bugle Boy (sorry I have to keep saying it) in October, we were quite excited to read this piece by James Delingpole in today's Telegraph and to discover that the Second World War has become the hottest thing in publishing (after Gods Behaving Badly of course)
I've e mailed the link to the Tinker but I bet he's watching World War III on the cricket pitch...and groaning.
The publishing news however is promising, James Delingpole suggests that
"Books about the Second World War, fiction and non-fiction, look set to be one of the hottest phenomena of the next decade"
We especially liked this bit,
"We're all much more
conscious than we used to be of just how precious our surviving Second
World War veterans are."There was a time, not
so long ago, when grandpa's war stories were a bit of a joke. Now
grandpa's war stories - if he's still around to tell them - are amazing!"
Anyone who fought in the Second World War will now be at least in his eighties, meaning there isn't a lot of time left for any of us to hear witness accounts of what it was really like."
Well, he's always been a treasure and the stories were never a joke because I hardly knew any of it until he wrote it all down, so thank goodness we tied him to his computer and have whipped a book out of him in the last year.