Guest Post Not A Real War


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10 Favourite Authors and Why

My ten favourite authors, in no particular order of preference, are:

  • Peter Fitzsimons – Tobruk, Kokoda
  • Hal Judge – Someone Forgot to Tell the Fish
  • Julian Talbot – Business Case for Risk, The New Supervisors Handbook
  • John Keegan – The Face of Battle, the Mask of Command, Six Armies in Normandy
  • Patrick O’Brien – Master and Commander series
  • Nelson De Mille – Up Country and many others
  • Cornelius Ryan – A Bridge Too Far, The Last Battle, The Longest Day
  • Robert Hughes – The Fatal Shore
  • Peter Padfield – The Great Naval Race
  • Martin Middlebrook – The Berlin Raids

Yes, what an eclectic mix!…it covers nearly 40 years of my own personal and wide ranging reading experience, begun when I was about 14, thanks to an inspirational Year 5 English teacher who taught me the life-long values of the library and to my own dear father, a highly (self) educated man who was always encouraging my reading and who knew that ‘books can be your friends for life’.   The list reflects particularly my life long study of military history, hence the apparent ‘male dominance’, but there have also been a few brief sojourns into other worlds of fictional writing, technical and management journals and dissertations, poetry and some great female authors, like Patricia Cornwell, but too many to list.

Some of these great authors have now sadly passed, but their work lives on as a permanent reminder of their great abilities and talents.   They reflect different readings at different phases of my personal life and some of the authors have something of an emotional link for me, connected as they are to different times and events in my personal life. Many times I’ve been able to pass on what I think is their gift to us to people I have known, in turn, hopefully, enriching their lives as well as my own.

The key elements which make all of these my favourite authors, almost without exception in my view, is that they write with a good flowing style, their own sense of humour is allowed exposure and most importantly, there is a human or individual element to their writing. This means to me that I can relate not only to the ‘big picture’ part of the story, but they bring the narrative down to individual levels, writing about peoples experiences and even more interestingly in my view, about their environment. Simply put, they have managed to incorporate the humour, the personalities and foibles of individuals, as well as the day to day routines and even describe the items and domestic artefacts of the people about whom they are writing into their stories.   This gives added impact to their stories and reminds us of individual human element that makes up the rich tapestry of human endeavours.

About the Book

9781742845197_FrontTitle: Not A Real War

Author: Paul Longley

Genre: Military / Historical / Biography

This book describes the experiences of the author whilst serving with the Australian Defence Force with the United Nations Mission to Somalia in 1993.


Author Bio

The author is a former Royal Australian Navy officer





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