Seventy one years ago, World War II uprooted my father from a coal mining village in South Yorkshire and transported him thousands of miles to Sierra Leone in West Africa and later to a tropical island in the Pacific Ocean via Sydney, Australia. I Think I Prefer the Tinned Variety: The Diary of a Petty Officer in the Fleet Air Arm during World War II is a short, annotated diary which records Norman's experiences and the on-going banalities of everyday life on a naval air-base far away from home.
Since publication there have been over one thousand downloads of I Think I Prefer the Tinned Variety and I've been overwhelmed by the interest the book has generated amongst family, friends and many complete strangers. Thank you all very much for your support. The book has even acquired a few reviews on its Amazon UK book page. It's true to say that not everyone who took the trouble to post a review was wildly enthusiastic but I hope that there were some parts of the book that even they enjoyed. If anyone reading this blog post is one of the reviewers, thanks very much for all your comments and interest.
I hope that my annotations enhance the diary and make it even more interesting without interfering with the snapshot of an era that the diary embodies. I learned such a lot while I was undertaking the research for my annotations about, amongst other things, the history of the Fleet Air Arm and its role in World War II, the development of radar, the history of Sierra Leone and the role of the British Pacific Fleet in the war against Japan. There are some photographs associated with the book here on The Tinned Variety Blog in the October 2012 folder of the archives.
If you would like to read the book it is available at the Amazon Kindle Store. There is a free sample on the Amazon book page and also on Spurwing ebooks website. If you don't have a Kindle you can get a free app which works on phone, tablet, P.C. etc. and download the book onto that instead. Thanks for reading and hope you come back to visit the Blog again.