Book: Abo - A wee boy's progress by Allan Neilcategories: Book, National Service, Railway, Police, Brighton Bomb, Helicopter Police, Long-Lost Children, Memoir
Allan Neilabout this book: It was at the turn of the century - a good time to be reminiscing - that it occurred to me that the last 60 years of my life had been quite interesting, at least compared to most of my well-balanced and forward-planning contemporaries. I had just hit 61 years of age, had been retired for 5 years from my long-time job and had really no idea what I was going to do next. I had scribbled a bit of poetry here and there and penned a few articles about life in England for US consumption. Why not write, then? This was the result, taken from my birth in working-class Scotland, schooling (a good education, incidentally), early work, military service, which was compulsory in those days, doomed relationships, a Police career (sort of) for nearly 30 years, some of which were quite interesting, involving chasing big-time crooks and small-time scallies, being in the middle of the notorious Brighton bomb of 1984, temporary disgrace and rebirth in helicopter policing then, after retirement, working as a self-employed driving instructor. There was personal tragedy (the most difficult part of the book) and a final uplift when I set off to Australia to try to find the two sons I had last seen 25 years previously.
I think it is a good read. Well I would, wouldn't I? Several readers have given me good feedback, which can be read on Amazon. I've gone on to write other stuff, details of which you can also see on Amazon.
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