To celebrate WBD this year I’m gifting some signed copies of my books to a few schools around the country for librarians to distribute as they see fit! If you’re a lucky recipient – I hope you enjoy it! Schools I’ve chosen are in Hampshire, Somerset and Devon.
Last night saw the first episode of the BBC’s Secret Agent Selection: WW2 being screened on BBC2. I watched with a degree of trepidation as today’s new recruits were put through their paces, wondering whether this type of handling would work, as apposed to a documentary approach (it could so easily end up as a bit of a game show). Some of the SOE training methods have been known about for many years, basically since the end of WW2 when the RAF film unit released their film ‘Now it can be told’ (copies available from the Imperial War Museum). Other aspects of the training syllabus have proven hard to pin down until now. Episode one was a pretty good approximation, so hopefully the series will continue in a similar fashion. And I hope we get to hear more about some of the real agents – they really were extraordinary people living in extraordinary times.
Having had some requests ahead of the new school year for display materials, two posters promoting my Special Operations series have been added to this site under the ‘Events’ page – they are pdf documents and can be opened/downloaded by double clicking on the titles (and then saved if wished):
One is of me reading ‘Dogfight’ in its brilliant original cover and the other shows me with students at an event where the drama department was raided for disguises so that we could all be ‘secret agents’ for the day (my thanks to PGS for the photo).