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When I first met my wife Judith, her father Bill Chambers was a wheelchair-bound pensioner with a lively sense of humour and full of stories about his experiences during WWII (which I'm sure you'll read more about via Judith's 'Bill's War Blogs').

Remembering The Past

It was around this time that Judith had her father's memories taped. Subsequently I volunteered to document these as the basis for writing a book. I didn't realise, though, what I was letting myself in for at the time: Bill's stories were all very detailed (his long-term memory was still crystal clear) but unfortunately not all in the right order (shades of 'Morecambe & Wise' and Eric's piano-playing prowess – 'all the right notes in the wrong order!'). It took me 3 years to sort them all out, which included my registering as a researcher at the British Library in London at the time. Judith is now writing the blogs with the intention of turning them into a book.

Looking Back To The Great War

It was during this period of research that I repeatedly came across references to the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and how that incident had started WWI. I became more and more intrigued: how could a single assassination (there were actually two) start the bloodiest war the world has ever seen? After a further period of research I discovered that, although the identity of the assassins was known and also how the assassination was actually carried out, very little was known about their backgrounds and how they planned the deed itself. And so I decided that there could be an interesting story in this – a 'factional' story based on the known facts of the main event itself complemented with realistic fiction about how it all came about in the first place, plus a final factual section on the consequences (how the world changed forever).

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If you are interested in this, or any of my other books, please visit my website at, which currently contains information (with sample readings) of my first five books, with five more to follow before the end of the year. You may also be interested in following my web log ('blog') postings: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , which includes a (summary) chapter-by-chapter update of a future (factual) book 'THE MILLHOUSE & The 13 Plagues' (to be published next year).

Meet The Author...
Jimmy Bates
Who Am I?

A grammar school boy from a working class family, Jimmy Bates has had a chequered career. Before becoming a writer he worked in a variety of jobs, then graduated with an honours degree in electronics, emigrated and became a scientist in Canada and then a director of the same hi-tech company in the U.S.A. He returned to England in 1980 and spent 25 years as a management consultant and held directorships of several high-technology companies before retiring and taking up writing full-time. His interests are history, sociology, science & technology and music. He was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, spent all of his school years in Stoke-on-Trent, is married has six children (all grown up now), four grandchildren and has lived in Herefordshire for the past 25 years. His books ( include:

My Blog...

ONE WRONG TURN: The amazing story of how one single bullet started The First World War

Are You Still Quizzical Joan?: How to run successful quiz nights and raise money for charity

SatNav Rules, OK?: A humorous novel of how modern technology can affect modern society

Fancy a Game of Darts Our Youth? A step-by-step guide on how to play (including humorous personal anecdotes)

Kick out the Brits!: A real-life family ‘US road trip of-a-lifetime’

To Death and Beyond: Short stories of real near-death experiences


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A 3-book fictional story of a serial killer

The Last Scrap: Factual account from turbulent teenage years to a caring father-figure to the next generation.

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