This week has sailed by. On top of a pretty hefty audit at work, news reached me that my book had been published ahead of schedule.
It came as a bit of a shock as I was expecting it to be out at the end of the month, but within a day or so, the first copies arrived ‘in the flesh’ and they look absolutely fantastic.
Leafing through its pages again was an amazing experience and one that sent a shiver right through me. Even though I had seen all before, having checked and rechecked proof after proof, to see it all finally brought together in one volume, was really quite something.
It reminded me of all those Suffolk Regiment veterans who served in Malaya, whom I have had the honour to know over the years and whose stories and anecdotes I could listen to for hours. It reminded me of Regimental gatherings and veterans barbecue’a, of Tiger beer and of leafing through their photo albums whilst they told me tales of their jungle service.
I hope it will do exactly what it ‘says on the tin’ - in that it will ensure as many Suffolk veterans wished, that their deeds in Malaya should not be forgotten. I hope too that it will record for them and their descendants, what they achieved in Malaya over seventy years ago.