Delve Deeper

The statue of Frederick Engels, co-author of The Communist Manifesto, gazes from in Tony Wilson Place across Manchester’s ever-changes skyline

The seventies divided America more than any other decade in living memory – perhaps until now

It’s often said that if you can remember the sixties, you weren’t there. And it might be tempting to add that if you can remember the seventies, tough – because this was the decade taste forgot. Jacket lapels the size and shap…

The 1970s and the divided state of America

5th Jan, 2023

It’s fair to say that writing novels saved my liver – perhaps my life.

And it got me through two close encounters with cancer, twenty years apart.   

I started writing fiction on a psychiatrist’s advice at the end of a long and painful battle against alcohol addiction.

The idea was simple: replace a destructive hab…

Writing fiction for the good of my health

18th Nov, 2022

U-995 was a Type VIIC U-boat – the workhorse of the Kriegsmarine. She was built in 1943 and is now a museum at Laboe in northern Germany

The conflict between Allied ships and German U-boats was dubbed the Battle of the Atlantic by Winston Churchill on 6 March 1941.

In those grim days it was a brutal and merciless fight for Britain’…

The war at sea: how the Allies won … but nearly lost

30th Nov, 2022

U-1009 passes HMS Byron on her way to surrender at Loch Eriboll (Imperial War Museum A28521)

A newspaper article by Cliff Greenwood soon after the war ended gives a flavour of the experiences he describes in greater detail in High Seas to Home

The Blackpool Gazette & Herald article, entitled Goodbye to the Sea, was published a few…

Men of the little ships

30th Nov, 2022

The ‘Laird Rams’ that appear in Liberty Bazaar were smaller versions of HMS Warrior, the world’s first iron-hulled warship, pictured at her berth in Portsmouth, England.

Britain’s influence on the American Civil War is hard to overstate, yet is often overlooked – while much the same can be said of …

A war of two cities

18th Nov, 2022