A 1970s childhood
Born in Plymouth in 1961, Derek Tait lived his early years in Singapore and Malaysia and has written several books about his time there, including 'Sampans, Banyans and Rambutans'. A former photographer and cartoonist, his work has been featured in newspapers and magazines around the world.
A keen historian, his books include '1950s Childhood,' 'A 1970s Childhood,' 'Butlins An Illustrated History' and 'Houdini the British Tours' as well as many books in the 'Through Time' series for Amberley Publishing.
New books for 2014 include three First World War books for Pen and Sword and '1960s Childhood' for Amberley.
He has also written many local history books including 'Plymouth,' 'Plymouth at War,' 'Saltash Passage,' 'St Budeaux,' 'Plymouth Hoe,' 'Mount Edgcumbe,' 'Saltash,' 'Memories of St Budeaux,' 'Plymouth Tales From the Past' and 'Images of Plymouth : Stonehouse.'
As well as 'Sampans, Banyans and Rambutans,' other books about Singapore include 'Memories of Singapore and Malaya,' 'More Memories of Singapore and Malaya' and 'Monsoon Memories.'