Troubador Here Today.

Released: 28/07/2021

ISBN: 9781800462151

Format: Paperback

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Here Today.


Here Today, "Goon" Tomorrow is a compelling memoir of a slice of eighty-six year-old author Frank W Payne's life, focusing in on his childhood, growing up around the Blitz and being called for national service to the RAF. Written with humour, it balances the darker aspects of the book, ending with a powerfully poignant read. 

We go back to the day Frank was born, the same day as HRM, Queen Elizabeth, and see the world through this youth's eyes as he tragically loses his father who was just twenty-five. Unfortunately, things go from bad to worse as his mother remarries unhappily. Despite this, Frank recalls his memories of living in South East London during the Blitz, a time full of danger, excitement and incidents. Writing with vivid detail, he recalls even the slightest memory to help you walk the broken streets and cringe at the sound of the siren. 

With more tragedy to come, nevertheless Frank endures and, throughout it all, retains a sly humour that helps lighten the way as we tread his path with him during a part of his life that was at times tragic and at times terrifying, but ultimately a trial by fire.

This is my first book, its autobiographical and covers my life as being born just prior to the second world war and sending my child hood living in South East London during the Blitz. I left school at 14 and joined the Sunday Pictorial, now called The Sunday Mirror where I stayed until I joined the RAF as a national Service man. The book then covers my education and employment up until I left the Royal Air Force at the age of 20. The book gives an in depth insight into national service before it was abandoned. Part 2 is my life on leaving the Royal Air Force and covers my career until retirement.

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Frank Payne

My name is Frank William Payne, I was born in Blackheath, South East London in April 1934. I remained in London throughout the Blitz and attended Shooters Hill T=Royal Academy School. I left school at 14 years of age and immediately found employment with The Sunday Pictorial, now The Sunday Mirror. My immediate career thoughts were sports journalism, but at age 18 I had to complete national service with the Royal air Force and when leaving the Air Force I could not get a job in any form of journalism, It seems I left it too late. My first job after leaving the RAF was with a company called Creative Journals where I was employed as an advertising space salesman. This became my career, selling advertising space in various publications. At the age of 45 I had a career change and was employed as new business sales director for an advertising company based in Bromley, Kent. Five years later yet another career change. I started my own business as a small rural advertising agency. This I continued until retirement, it was in retirement I wrote my first book, which will be published in March 2021.

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