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Kirkness memoir - query for Matt Poole

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11 months 2 days ago #5585 by Smith 565
Smith 565 replied the topic: Kirkness memoir - query for Matt Poole
Hi Matt,

Looks like I am getting my copy from Mrs Smith 565 for Christmas. At least I now have something to look forward to on Christmas Day, other than the washing up! (We are retro people - no dishwasher for us.)

Congrats on getting it done anyway, the publicity and previews I've seen make it a must have.

Geoff

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11 months 2 days ago - 11 months 2 days ago #5586 by Matt_Poole
Matt_Poole replied the topic: Kirkness memoir - query for Matt Poole
Gary,

I think I want to sneak into your house and discover the wealth of information still yet to be added. Photos alone!

I'm going to be swamped with stuff to do, also, for, oh, the next 50 years!

Lazy? And how many kids do you have? And how many hours in the week do you work? There aren't enough hours in the day, and energy in our bodies, to accomplish all we wish we could, but we've made contributions we can always be proud of.

Cheers,

Matt
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11 months 2 days ago #5587 by Matt_Poole
Matt_Poole replied the topic: Kirkness memoir - query for Matt Poole
Thanks, Geoff. "Good things come to those who wait" -- a quote from Mrs Smith! I have a dishwasher but mostly use it as a drying rack...except every now and then I run the damn thing to keep the seals from drying out. But you look forward to washing up? There may be something wrong with you...but, on the other hand, your interest in history more than makes up for that.

Thanks for the kind words!

Matt

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9 months 3 weeks ago #5593 by Smith 565
Smith 565 replied the topic: Kirkness memoir - query for Matt Poole
Hi Matt,

Season's greetings from Suffolk, UK!

The wait was well worth it - the book was the best Christmas present of the year. Half way through it now, but I keep making myself put it down otherwise I'd read it in one sitting and be very unpopular with the family. I can't see how it was not published first time round, but then I don't know the extent of your work on it. Anyway, a hearty well done. Photo illustrations are great too.

Regards,

Geoff

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9 months 3 weeks ago #5594 by Matt_Poole
Matt_Poole replied the topic: Kirkness memoir - query for Matt Poole
Hi, Geoff,

Musn't incur the wrath of the family over a little book! On the other hand, it's good of you to slink away to focus on reading as often as you can. Thanks for the kind words -- I knew you would love the book, and I don't even know you! I must honestly say the the raw memoir was not in a publishable condition -- and it was written in the third person. Bill told me that one publisher had asked him to rewrite it in the first person, and I agreed. It was not hard to do, just time-consuming. I did add much detail to flesh out, particularly details on each of his ops. As with just about any memoir, Bill's raw manuscript erred on some thing -- that's the nature of memory when it comes to writing recollections years after the fact -- and I was able to straighten out everything. Quite challenging, in places, but I used the Internet, and a Nainital Facebook group, and logbooks, the 159 Sqn Operations Record Book, Google Earth, and about 28 years of accumulated knowledge and documents and other airmen's recollections to turn Bill's work into a bit of a gem, as I see it. I'm biased in some ways, and I'm also honest. And it's Bill's memoir, not mine! Thanks for your support, Geoff.

Cheers,

Matt

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9 months 2 weeks ago #5596 by Gary
Gary replied the topic: Kirkness memoir - query for Matt Poole
Very quickly, but thought I had to say something, it's an awesome book Matt, you've done a great job of it so far.

'Yea, Though I Fly Through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, I Shall Fear No Evil. For I am at 50,000 Feet and Climbing.'

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