WW2 military history, with extracts from a soldier's diary
The true story of four years, 3 million bombs, one small island out-facing the might of the German and Italian airforces - and one young Scotsman who didn't want to be there.
This is not a WW2 memoir. It is a riveting reconstruction from an eye-witness account written at the time in a secret diary, a diary too dangerous to show anyone and too precious to destroy.Young men died in wars and old men lied about what they'd done in them; George had no intention of doing either.
Private George Taylor arrived on Malta in 1940 thinking that shiny buttons would earn him fast promotion; he left four years later, a cynical sergeant and a Master Mason who never said, 'I was there' without a bitter smile.
Despite the times he said, 'It's me for the next boat', despite his fears that Nettie had forgotten him, George kept the motto of the Royal Army Medical Corps 'In arduis fidelis', 'faithful through hard times' - in public - and only told his diary the inside story of four long years.
Sixty years later, the truth has to be told.
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All rights belong to the author, both for print and digital editions, and offers from publishers will be considered.
The author is an Independent publisher with world rights in English, who is seeking publishers for foreign translation in print or digital editions, in all other languages, especially French, on an individual basis.
She is also seeking publishers of audiobooks in all languages, including English.
Film rights are also available in all languages.
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This book is of particular interest in Malta, where it is set, so translation into Italian and Maltese would be of interest.
There is a readership generally in France requesting French language versions of this and other books by Jean Gill, as she lives in France
She speaks French and could promote French language versions via bookshops, festivals and readings.
' a most unusual military history book. There are few military non-combatant accounts of life in the Second World War, fewer still from an Other Rank. Based on words and feelings recorded at the time it is probably unique.' - Don Marshall, Military History Enthusiast
'This is a love story... The diary was kept secret because it had to be. Taylor knew he would be in trouble if it were found. There is no censor in the diary' - Scottish Association of the Teachers of History
'Faithful through hard times is for those interested in: WW II, military and medical history, the mysteries of Freemasonry, history in the diary of a soldier and wartime romance.
We have all seen the blacked out texts under censorship, but this book goes further as it is based on a diary that never should have been written.'Claire Hamlisch
Prize-winning author Jean Gill, with 17 books to her credit, is known for the quality and variety of genres in which she writes; including historical fiction, contemporary novels, memoir and dog books. Underlying all her books are years of research and experience. Her website www.jeangill.com was awarded a Silver IPPY award for Best Author Website 2015
A Welsh writer and photographer, Jean now lives in the south of France with a big white dog, a scruffy black dog, a Nikon D750 and a man. Many of her books have been traditionally published but she now self-publishes via the registered imprint 'The 13th Sign'.
For many years, Jean taught English in Wales and was the first woman to be a secondary headteacher in Carmarthenshire. She is mother or stepmother to five children so life has been hectic.