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Remembering Alex Faure

Remembering Alex Faure

He was my brother-in-law and a friend. A great companion who enjoyed a party, a man with a fund of humorous stories about his colourful life. I met him first in 1959 when my wife and I were living in London, and Alex and his wife Winifred were on home leave from his job as…Read more

How Much is Too Much?

How Much is Too Much?

Some years ago I expressed my dislike of books that were published as serials, ending with a cliff-hanger and inviting the reader to wait twelve months before being able to find out what happens next. Over the past few years it has been an irritating technique practised by Jeffrey Archer and his publisher, relating the…Read more

True Heroes

True Heroes

It felt like an impossible venture that became an outstanding success, and was fondly remembered last week on Australian Story. Operation Jaywick was a plan to blow up Japanese ships in Singapore harbour. Military HQ thought it sounded like madness in the year 1943.  Australia was in danger of invasion, and Japan ruled Asia and…Read more

Dorothy Johnston Reviews ‘Dragons in the Forest’

Dorothy Johnston Reviews ‘Dragons in the Forest’

‘This book brings my youth to life, and what an incredible time it was!’ says Alex Faure, speaking about Dragons in the Forest. Author Peter Yeldham without a doubt brings Alex’s years spent in Japan during the Second World War to life, and they were indeed an incredible experience. Alex is not yet twenty in…Read more

“We Shall Remember” by Emma Fraser

As an author I treasure those letters from readers that say, “I enjoyed this book so much, I never wanted it to end.”   I can truthfully say this about Emma Fraser’s novel, We Shall Remember. The story begins in 1939, in a secluded and peaceful section of countryside not far outside the Polish capital city…Read more

Dragons in the Forest

Dragons in the Forest

Some years ago, I spent the weekend with Alex Faure and his wife Winifred, to research parts of his life that spanned the war years with Japan, from 1941 to 1945. Alex is French, but was born in Japan of a French father and Russian mother. He grew up in Yokohama. In his last year…Read more

These People

These People

This week I had the most marvelous letter from a reader that began with a sentence saying how much she had enjoyed listening to my book “A Distant Shore”.   It was the first letter from someone  who had  commented on an audio version of a novel, and she was complimentary about the  story and the…Read more

Inspiration from Familiar Places

Inspiration from Familiar Places

There’s a strange kind of fear around the idea of meeting ones heroes. I think it’s probably because we spend so much time building these people up in our minds that the reality never truly meets with the expectation. I’ve never really had much time for ‘heroes’. Certainly, there are people whose work I’ve enjoyed,…Read more

That Day in August

That Day in August

It was with deep emotion that I watched the silent crowds last week, gathered in Hiroshima to mark seventy years since the nuclear destruction of their city. I was in Hiroshima three months after the bomb fell, serving with BCOF the Occupation Force, and based in Kure on the Inland Sea, which was about as…Read more

Collected Works

Collected Works

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