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I Think I Prefer the Tinned Variety: The Diary of a Petty Officer in the Fleet Air Arm during World War II
 
 

I Think I Prefer the Tinned Variety: The Diary of a Petty Officer in the Fleet Air Arm during World War II [Kindle Edition]

N. Buckle , C. Murray
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Seventy years ago, World War II uprooted my father, Norman Buckle, 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.

"I Think I Prefer the Tinned Variety" presents the diary extracts Norman wrote when stationed at naval shore-bases in Freetown, Sierra Leone; Sidney, Australia; and Ponam in the Admiralty Islands.

My own fascination with family history has lead me to research the background to the diary which is included as annotations to the text.

The book is not an account of battles and action: it describes some of Norman's experiences far away from home and his everyday life as a shore-based radio mechanic during WW2.

Approximately 22,000 words long, the book is roughly half and half diary and annotations.

There may be a few passages in the diary extracts that upset modern sensibilities.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1113 KB
  • Print Length: 76 pages
  • Publisher: Spurwing (14 Oct 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009QXEUG2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #28,846 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

I am a retired primary school Headteacher with a fascination for family history.

My family history website and blog is at http://www.writingafamilyhistory.com

I share with my husband, author Michael Murray, an interest in e-publishing as well as writing. http://www.spurwing-ebooks.com

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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It was like listening to my old workmates when I was a callow apprentice in the early sixties some of them had a very action packed war and some just got to go places they wouldn't have seen in their lifetimes. This reminded me of those wonderful people of a marvellous generation who will go down in history as a fantastic example of what ordinary human beings can achieve given the opportunity.
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By Frank
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As a history buff, I found this book--that is, this diary--a captivating read. Reading history through the interpretation of scholars is usually a dry and often painfully dull affair. To me, history is usually the most interesting (and colorful) when experienced through the accounts of ordinary people who lived during bygone times. Another reviewer stated that the diary focused too much on "popular culture", by which I think he meant the emphasis of this diary is on day-to-day life, however exciting, amusing, or mundane. To me, this is what made this book hold my interest, as it gave me as a modern reader a look into the thoughts, values, and attitudes of an Everyman of WWII times. If I wanted a WWII book filled with military or political details, I would pick up one of the aforementioned dry reads written by an historian, of which there are more than enough. This book, however, is a rare treat, as such detailed historical diaries that aren't written by politicians or generals are hard to find.

Interesting, entertaining, and never politically correct, this book definitely held my interest and I would heartily recommend it to anyone with even a passing interest in history.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit wordy for the subject matter 30 July 2013
By julian
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An interesting piece of historical research. As one who lived through those years - and the war years - I can identify with them. My criticism is that there was a little too much emphasis on popular culture and not enough on the social and political background to the times.
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5.0 out of 5 stars factual 30 July 2013
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enjoyed it took me back .I was a bootneck so it was interesting seeing it from this side of the ship
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 11 Jun 2013
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An interesting and informative book, well worth a read. Good value for money, I would recommend this to all who are interested in WW11
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5.0 out of 5 stars naval autobiography 1 May 2013
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it is not often that books are written about an era that set the rules for the future.good historical read
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