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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: HOP Publishing (30 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0992784417
  • ISBN-13: 978-0992784416
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 585,306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What [Major Bob Orrell] did to capture the last German command post on Sword Beach is now commemorated in the Grand Bunker museum and that, and his medals, stand testament to his bravery. --Simon Fanshawe OBE

About the Author

Tim Parker was born in November 1933 and his early life was spent in Stockport, near Manchester, where his mother s family firm made hats. Although only five years old at the time Tim has vivid memories of listening to Chamberlain s broadcast on the Murphy radio on the sideboard in his uncle s dining room and later, the D-Day celebrations. Tim was educated at Harrow School where he found rewarding challenges in the RNVR unit at HMS President, leading on to national service in the Royal Navy. A variety of jobs followed: in ICI, in the Rank Organisation and other exploits before settling in Brighton, near where, with his wife Beth and family, he planted and ran one of the first vineyards in England. Later he ran a regular column, Parker s Progress , in the Brighton Argus and did some fill-in time as a taxi driver, taking him to many unusual places and meeting some remarkable people. One such person was Geoffrey Holder-Jones whose wartime experiences in the navy and as headmaster of St Andrew s school led to Tim s first book, Signalman Jones. Another remarkable man whose story Tim was inspired to tell was Bob Orrell. While sadly Tim never met Bob, he got to know him, like him and respect him during the course of writing his story. The result is this book. Tim continues to work as a freelance columnist, writing for a number of publications, including Sussex Life. His ability to tell a good story comes from a deep well of experience and, no doubt, some encouragement from his celebrated uncle, the actor Cecil Parker. Tim s first novel, The Last Voyage of the Shelduck will be published in 2015.

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By M. Ward on 26 Jun 2014
Format: Paperback
Agree with above comments. Read whole book in one afternoon, was really interesting and inspiring. When he reached his 80's this very active man could no longer physically do what he used to be able to do. Sounds obvious but it made me think that one should not waste a day in this life while one still has health because one day it will be gone and it will be too late.
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Much like his other book 'Signalman Jones' this well written biography of Major Bob Orrell gives the reader an insight to the less well known aspects of the Second World War. These personal stories bring to life the realities of war from the perspective of actual participants from varied backgrounds. In the case of Bob Orrell (and his wife Nancy) this book recounts a very active ongoing post war direct involvement in the CND movement. A well written book about the life of an interesting man who served his country well in a variety of ways.
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I loved this book - it's engaging and fast paced and you really get to know Bob Orrell and his family as people of courage and character.
Major Bob Orrell served in the Royal Engineers in the second world war and was mentioned in dispatches for courage. Later Bob and his much loved wife Nancy became active in CND, with Nancy serving two weeks in jail following protests at Greenham Common. Bob himself often carried CND banners and spoke in Moscow at a global peace conference.
Author Tim Parker had full access to the diaries and writings of Bob Orrell and has used them well to build up a fascinating biography of the man and his family; his values, courage and achievements. Writing in the first person, Tim Parker captures the drive and enthusiasm of his subject and for all that he believed in.
Check out the review by Robert Fisk in The Independent 28.4.14 for full background information on this remarkable story.
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You have got to love these brilliant old stories from remarkable men and women from the war. Its a shame we wont be able to hear the stories first hand for much longer
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A good read for anyone inspired by hard work, bravery, love, peace and fun. I wish I had met him!
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