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Wren jane Beacon
Dunkirk 1940. The British Army is saved from annihilation by the Royal Navy and a myriad of small boats. But why is a girl there, driving a naval motor cutter to take troops to the ships lying off the beaches under constant bombardment?

“This was no place for a woman” is the Navy’s official view of her presence, yet to Wren Jane Beacon it seemed a natural place to be. Joining the Wrens (the Women’s Royal Naval Service) in October 1939, she had become their first experimental boat crew Wren and by May 1940, she was an expert in handling small boats.

A strong, determined and independently minded young lady, always at a bit of an angle to authority, her natural impulsiveness has taken her to Dunkirk; “to do her bit” and she succeeds brilliantly, despite direct orders not to go.

Wren Jane Beacon goes to War is about much more than her exploits at Dunkirk, however, central though they were to her development; the book tells the whole story of her coming of age under extreme conditions. Being a Wren would not have been her chosen path in life – a place at Oxford University was open to her, but the call of duty to serve her country in its grim fight for survival, overwhelms this. A tough choice in 1939 for a girl not yet out of her teens, but she makes an outstanding, if chequered, success of it.

At the beginning of World War Two, women still lived limited lives.

Without consciously trying to, Wren Jane Beacon is in the vanguard of young women striking out to new relationships with authority and the male of the species, while shaking the social order to its foundations. Not least, her independent approach to her sexuality is of a new order.

All this and more is to be found in this first novel in an exciting new series. Within the framework of a ‘rattling good read’, this is a portrait of life in historic changing times, set against a sweeping panorama of the War. It is a well told, well-researched and deeply-considered book about human relationships; the Royal Navy; and women’s place in the world.

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Meet The Author...
Douglas J Lindsay
Who Am I?

2016 is my sixtieth year working in the shipping and marine world. After a not unadventurous life in it I am finally fulfilling my long-held dream of being a writer and 'Wren Jane Beacon goes to War' is the first of a series about her which I am writing. I am making use of my deep knowledge of the sea to write authoritively about that world.

I have been writing vignettes from my own life for the specialist 'Marine Quarterly' a journal "dedicated to good writing about the sea" and these cover sailing in command of large square-rigged sailing ships, ship repossession work and some exciting near Misses on merchant ships.

The briefest of CVs shows me going to sea aged 15, shovelling coal and general work on east coast colliers, working up to be captain of advanced large ro-ro freighters aged 28, From there work ashore covered ship management, broking, agency, stevedoring and even - briefly –ship owning. After going bust I interlaced consultancy work in shipping with sailing – mostly as captain – on large square-rigged sail training ships. Some years in the 1990’s produced excitements as I worked as a ship repossession superintendent, before setting up my own consultancy (again) in 2002 and doing repo work and port marine safety planning, which I am still doing. But the switch is now more or less complete to being a full-time writer as I develop different strands of my work.

I come from Edinburgh originally but have lived down south (Hull for some time and Somerset nowadays) for many years, following the work. I have been married for a very long time but live on my own, an arrangement which suits us both as my wife does not take kindly to being given captain's orders and I need space. But with a little distance we manage to remain the best of friends and very much a married couple in our own way. The offspring are thriving mature adults and the grandchildren a delight.

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