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Letters from the past

‘I had no idea I would become a writer. Lots of people say they have at least one book in them. I didn’t think I was one of them, and now I’ve just written and published my second novel!’ writes subscriber Christopher Legg.

In Time of Duty is the second novel in the Kingson family trilogy; the first was In Fields of Gold and Red. I got a lot of the inspiration for In Time of Duty from the stash of love letters that Fred, my Grandad, had sent to Joyce, my Grandma, during World War II.

‘I found these letters fascinating; he’d only been married for three weeks before he left the small Dorset town of Bridport and went off to basic training in Herne Bay, Kent. This was the furthest he’d ever been from home. He had joined the Royal Army Service Corps as a truck driver. He loved the camaraderie, and the “marvellous food”; he enjoyed going to the cinema but would turn down going to the dancing as he didn’t want his new bride to think he was having too good a time.

‘When he was posted to North Africa, things took a dramatic turn for the worst; he was captured and taken as a prisoner of war. Grandad only ever talked about the lack of food and the terrible hunger they experienced, and he would always watch to make sure we cleared our dinner plates.

‘The letters are so emotive, showing his hopes and plans, his thoughts and feelings and his deep love for Joyce. And of course for my research they were perfect, showing what he faced on a daily basis. They start full of hope, which day by day evaporates as the situation becomes dire. He doesn’t get home until 1946. Reading his letters filled me with many ideas for the novel. In Time of Duty is an engaging story set in wartime Britain and beyond, with real characters that I hope the reader cares about.

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