Published: 01/04/2012
ISBN: 9781780881003
eISBN: 9781780889436
Format: Paperback/eBook



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A Long Way from Home
by Nigel Springthorpe

Set in the mid-1950s, a time when international travel was reserved for the privileged few, Andy Marshall, an 18 year old National Service conscript from Devon, finds himself posted to the other side of the world.

Soon after his arrival at RAF Changi, Singapore, he is sent on detached duty to a staging post on a remote Island in the South China Sea, a few miles from the coast of North Borneo. His nine month tour of duty there is filled with a succession of bizarre experiences as he attempts to adjust to living and working with a thirty-strong complement of fellow Airmen, led by an eccentric, unpopular Station Commander.

Andy returns to Changi where his unusual exploits, both on and off duty, continue unabated. Throughout his time in the Far East, he reflects on the wisdom of a last-minute engagement prior to his departure overseas. He returns to England and civilian life; only to discover that the enforced separation from his fiancée has had a profound effect on their relationship.

Given the continuing debate about the desirability of re-introducing some form of National Service, this book gives a revealing and often humorous insight into the camaraderie amongst the men and the prevailing attitudes of a time – over half a century ago – when conscription was accepted almost without question.

This is a work of fiction, inspired by the author’s personal experiences.

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A 'must read' for any National Serviceman. This book was impossible to put down. Very, very funny and full of colourful characters.

by John Remfry


As someone who served in the Far East in the '50s, this book
is 'spot on.' Well written and hugely enjoyable.

by George Webb ex-RAF


Great reading. it brought back all the things I remember - and some forgotten! I could just smell the vegetation and hear Mary shouting:
"Want any fruit, Johnny?"

by 2713596 John Hewett J/T


 

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