Biographies & Memoirs

Biographies and autobiographies featuring (either in whole or in part) the experiences of authors involved in a wide variety of civilian occupations.

humorous memoir

It Was Bill's Fault

by Alf Sharpling
The comical misadventures of two would-be sea anglers in Essex, Cornwall and Wales

Edwin's Exploits

by Richard Biddlecombe
Edwin's exploits include a career in television and involvement with a controversial church which picks a wife for him...


A Beat Around the Bush

by Alastair Tompkins
Experiences of a British officer in the Kenya Police during the 1950s and 60s
Family history

A Cornucopia of Packs

by Jeffrey Pack
An illustrated history of the Pack family and their connection with the Kent village of Egerton over several centuries
WW2 military memoir

A Diver in the Dark

by Sydney Knowles BEM
Memoir of a WW2 Royal Navy Clearance Diver and diving partner of Commander Lionel 'Buster' Crabb
WW2 civilian memoir

A Long Way from Home

by Alastair Tompkins
The experiences of a small boy evacuated from Sussex to Yorkshire in 1939

A Pilot's Perspective

by Cedric Flood

A former airline captain's reflections on a lifetime of commercial and private flying 1950-2012

A Stone's Throw Away

by Nick Horobin & Jackie Newman
Inspiring true story of a paramedic's long road to recovery after an attack on his ambulance left him with life-changing injuries
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A Trek to Solomon’s Throne & The Valley of the Assassins

by Bruce Blackney
Diary of a 1974 expedition to the Takht-e-Sulaiman Massif, Iran in the footsteps of Freya Stark
aviation memoir

Aircraft Engineer

by Brian W.A. Johnson

Reflections on a 50-year career in aviation with the RAF and commercial airlines 1947-1997
military/civilian memoir

At Your Service

by David Seeney 
Tracing the author's rise from footman to Lord Beaverbrook via the RAF to Senior Police officer 1930s-80s

Aunt Alice's War

by Douglas Walker

Alice's misguided efforts to protect the Lancashire seaside town of St Annes from enemy subterfuge during WW2 will have readers in stitches
family history

Before the Rainbow

by Joan Blackburn
The Story of Charles & Alice ~ an Edwardian married couple 1901-1941
WW2 civilian memoir

Blitz Boy

by Robert Trevor
A London boy's experiences in the Blitz and as an evacuee in rural Berkshire and Liverpool during World War Two
Autobiography - family life

Boys & Other Animals

by Josephine Duggan Rees

Amusing portrait of family life in rural England in the 1950s, 60s and 70s

Capital City Paramedic

by John Kinsley

Experiences of a London Ambulanceman 1975-82

Caversham Park and its People BC to BBC

by Mike Read
The remarkable history of a Berkshire stately home and its many occupants during 1000+ years of British history
Wartime memoir

Cirla's Story

by Cirla Lewis

A young Jewish girl's traumatic experiences in occupied Belgium during WW2
aviation memoir

Climb to and Maintain

by Eric Woods
A navigator's experiences with BOAC in the postwar years
Aviation memoir

Flying the Waves

by Richard Pike

Experiences of an air-sea rescue helicopter pilot around the Scottish coast in the 1980s/90s
Autobiography / Local History

Flying Upside Down

by Richard G. Walker
Memories of childhood / adolescence during and after WW2 in Stopsley, Bedfordshire and subsequent RAF National Service
autobiography / football

From Liverpool to Istanbul

by Michael Bailey 

Two Liverpool FC fans, a father and son, travel to Istanbul in 2005 for an unforgettable experience
World War II memoir

Gone, But Not Forgotten

by Stanley Blackmore
Nostalgic recollections of a wartime schoolboy in rural Leicestershire that will strike a chord with all who grew up during WW2
civilian memoir

Granddad's Rainbow

by Joan Blackburn
A nostalgic memoir following the fortunes of a working-class family from Southern England during the 1940s and 50s


by Gyorgy Nadasdy & Julia Pinner

Experiences of a teenage Freedom Fighter in the 1956 Hungarian Uprising & the years in exile that followed


Handcart to Hanlon

by Brian Janman

A history of the West Sussex Ambulance Services 1895-1995 in words and photographs
World War II memoir

Harry: An Evacuee's Story

by Harry Collins
The experiences of an 11-year-old wartime evacuee from Lancashire who spent 4 years in Canada

Have You Any Wool?

by Eileen Sullivan
The life and times of a Hampshire sheep farmer and his family ~ 1930s to present
memoir - Africa

I Flew for Savimbi

by Simon Van Garderen
A South African bush pilot recalls his 25-year association with Angola UNITA terrorist leader Dr Jonas Savimbi
WW2 memoir

I Married a Princess

by Thomas Soars
The heart-warming tale of an English RNVR officer who met and married a Persian princess during World War II and brought her home to a distinctly unglamorous life in England.
Memoir / London in WW2

I Want To Go Home

by Catherine Jacobs
Childhood memories of family life in East London before and during the Second World War

Ink in the Blood

by Barrie Williams
The former editor of three major regional newspapers looks back over his 44 years in the  news industry
Civilian memoir

Just a Butcher's Boy

by Christopher Bolton
This nostalgic look at small-town life in the UK during the 1950s will delight all those old enough to remember the era depicted

Just Being Frank

by Frank Rixon BEM
Autobiography of a Berkshire Lad who served in Malta with the Royal West Kent Regiment during WW2
memoir - India

Letters from a Kashmir Memsahib

by Margaret Cloughley 
An evocative series of letters describing the author's experiences during a two-year stay in this remote Himalayan province
Civilian memoir

Liverpool Tales

by John Williams
A diverse collection of entertaining stories from a gifted Liverpudlian raconteur

Lives In Colour

by George Major
A family saga tracing the author's forebears in colonial Africa and his own colourful career as a housepainter

Long Nights and Long Knives

by Alastair Tompkins
A novel set in Kenya at the time of the 1952 Mau Mau insurgency     
Autobiography / RAF 1970s

Naafi, Nijmegen & the Path to Norway

by Joan Blackburn
Further adventures of a WRAF Airwoman – 1971 and beyond…
RAF/aviation memoir

No Time on the Ground

by Ken Fitzroy
A former military, commercial and civilian pilot looks back on 50 years in the air
historical memoir

Nothing So Strange

by Eileen Elizabeth Gidney
Memories of Life & Work in British North Borneo (now Sabah, Malaysia) in the early 1950s
RAF/aviation memoir

Observations from the Tower

by John Kilburn
A nostalgic look back on a long and eventful career in aviation as an air traffic controller
World War II history

Occupation Nurse

by Peter & Mary Birchenall
Celebrating the small group of nurses who provided medical care to the island of Guernsey during the German occupation of WW2

On Laughter-Silvered Wings

by Howard A Hughes
Entertaining biography of charismatic Irish aviator Paddy Kirkwood ~ a WW2 bomber pilot and postwar airline captain with BEA
Civilian memoir

Only Remember the Laughter

by June O'Carroll Robertson
Recalling a remarkable life at home and abroad, working for Norman Hartnell and Constance Spry, and much else...
Medical biography

Oscar's Father

by David Stevens
The fascinating story of William Robert Wills Wilde, father of Oscar Wilde - an eminent surgeon and well-known Dublin eccentric

Prestwick's Pioneer

by Dougal McIntyre

Biography of David F. McIntyre, first pilot to fly over Everest and founder of Scottish Aviation
local/social history

Pulborough Football Club

by Mick Hatchard
An illustrated history of 'The Robins' 1898-2010

Rotterdam Remembered

by Helen Sonnet
The wartime experiences of a young Dutch girl during the Nazi occupation of Holland in WW2
local / social history

Saving Our City

by Tim Rooth
Tells how local residents formed The Chichester Society and thwarted a council plan to demolish many historic buildings in their city in the 1970s
Civilian flying

Take Up Slack

by Edward Hull
An illustrated history of the London Gliding Club and the development of the sport of gliding in the UK from 1930 onwards

The Boy, The Mystery & the Open Book

by Jeff Pack
A Partial Autobiography, A Psychological Selfie or a Cock & Bull Story? One Man's attempt at self-analysis
family / local history

The Chutes of the Vyne

by Francis Chute
A history of the Chute family and their connection with The Vyne, their stately home in Hampshire for over 300 years

The Golden Ball and The Golden String

by Eileen Elizabeth Gidney

A former schoolmistress remembers Palestine in the wartime years 1939-45
Civilian memoir

The Life & Times of a 20th Century Farmer's Boy

by Nick Adames

Following the fortunes of three generations a Sussex farming family during 100 years of rural change
biography - rural life

The Sheep's in the Meadow ... Hopefully

by Eileen Sullivan 

The life and times of sheep farmer, lay pastor and raconteur Dave Sullivan
social history - 1960s

The South Coast Beat Scene of the 1960s

by Mike Read

An informal history of the local music scene in the South of England during the 1960s ... from skiffle to psychedelia

The Tailor's Daughter

by Joan Blackburn
Adventures of Charlotte Adshead 1858-1929 ~ the story of a Cockney girl who travelled to New Zealand in the late 19th Century

There Goes the Siren

by Sheila Dobson
Childhood memories of the London Blitz and Wartime Evacuation
Local history

This House

by Jeff Pack

The remarkable history of a suburban villa in North Ealing, its owners/residents since 1901 and its surrounding square mile in Pitshanger village

Troubles Trials and Travels

by Brian Edwards
True story of a local government official wrongly accused of corruption and his struggle to clear his name

Two Black Buffalo

by Imre Istvan Koller
True story of a Hungarian boy's survival against all odds in World War 2 and his later involvment in the Hungarian Uprising of 1956
Autobiography/aviation history

Will We Fly Above Those Clouds?

by Michael P Sutton
A pilot's varied experiences with the RN Fleet Air Arm, De Havilland, JC Bamford, Lear Jet and Dassault 1943-73

Will's War

by Jeanette Upshall
A Soldier’s Experiences with the Somerset Light Infantry in India & Mesopotamia 1913-19
Personal memoir

Words and Wanderings

by Wallis Peel

A much-travelled and widely published author looks back on her writing career and overseas peregrinations
RAF/aviation memoir

Around the World in 80 Delays

by Richard Ling
A former armaments expert looks back on his varied career as an international salesman in the arms, aviation and petrochemical industries 1975-2010
autobiography / humour

Deep Fried Steak, Vodka & Chai

by Richard Barr
A sailor-turned-entrepreneur’s experiences afloat and ashore in the UK and former Soviet Union
Local/education history

The Natural History of a Country School

by Berwick Coates

A light-hearted celebration of the 150-year history of West Buckland School in Devonshire

The World of a Latchkey Kid

by John Oliver
The life and times of a London-born naval officer, television sound engineer, musician and yachtsman 1931-2007
Civilian memoir

Tracks Across the Veldt

by Sam Wright
Memoirs of a former Rhodesia Railways employee, recalling the golden days of rail transport in Rhodesia 1950-76