The First Atlantic Liner due out on 15th July
Here is the new book, the story of Brunel’s first steamship and the people on board.
I have uncovered some great stories of life at sea in this technically advanced ship that confounded all the sceptics. Unlike his two later ships, the Great Britain and Great Eastern, this one was built of wood and influenced the design of steamships for many years.
It linked New York and London in the 1840s and provided a bridge between the London of Charles Dickens and a youthful Queen Victoria with pre-civil war New York.
Published by Amberley Press the book will be widely available.
Another great review of Fighter Pilot
The RAF Historical Society Journal for this year includes a great review. The author starts by admitting he is very wary of autobiographies and also of biographies by close family members. I could not agree with him more on that score. But his doubts gave way to warm, and rather embarrassing, praise. For me, this is very special as I knew when I set out to write the book that I would be judged on how well I remained objective.
This book continues to feature in the top five bestsellers of Battle of Britain books on Amazon, so clearly readers also like it.
Who Do You Think You Are?
My recent appearance on WDYTYA was aired on BBC1 on 15th December. I am seen advising Cheryl on her maritime ancestors. It was a great programme to work on and the team were excellent.
Great review of Fighter Pilot
Here is what Britain at War Magazine thought about my latest book
‘A truly wonderful biography… meticulously researched… expertly written… has pace, action and engaging content. A highly commendable book and one that will become a classic in the genre of Battle of Britain pilot’s biographies.’
The First Atlantic Liner
I am currently working hard to finish my next book. It is a celebration of Brunel’s first steamship, Great Western. Launched in 1838 this paddle steamer began the first regular crossing between England and America with a service between Bristol and New York.
Fighter pilot now in paperback
I am thrilled to see that Amberley have just released the paper back version of Fighter Pilot: The RAF career of Battle of Britain Ace, Bob Doe.
Maritime History book wins award
The Maritime History of Cornwall won the non fiction award ( marine and industrial heritage category) at the Holyer an Gof awards on 14th July. Here are Alston Kennerley and myself being presented with the award by Maureen Fuller, Grand Bard of the Cornish Gorseth. It was a major project, involving many people and taking many years so it is wonderful to get this recognition on everyone’s behalf.
Grand Bard presenting award to Helen Doe and Alston Kennerley
Fighter Pilot is now published
The book is now out and thank you to those who have already sent me some kind comments. I now have a Facebook page where I am posting additional material to accompany the book. These include a few photographs and some short audio clips. The diary is getting busy as I shall be at the Flying Legends Air show at Duxford on 11th July to sign my book ( courtesy of the Aviation Bookshop) and then at the Battle of Britain Memorial at Capel Le Ferne on 12th July. This is always a moving occasion.
The book is now available for pre ordering via Amazon or Amberley Books. Both sites are offering pre publication discounts.
The cover looks great
Fighter Pilot - New Book
My manuscript is now with Amberley Books. This biography of my father, Wing Commander Bob Doe , was a fascinating task. I learned so much about him and the men with whom he served. My admiration continues to grow as I discover more about so many ‘ordinary’ people who did extra-ordinary things in war time. I shall be continuing my research in this area. Meanwhile I am looking forward to the publication – sometime in May 2015 I understand.