Troubador Tokens of Youth

Released: 28/02/2015

ISBN: 9781784621223

Format: Paperback

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Tokens of Youth

A Junior Autobiography


Beginning by recording his birth in his grandmother’s cottage in Chinley, Derbyshire, Brian Fish recounts the story of his early life in his third book, Tokens of Youth. Focusing on his own upbringing, as well as his family heritage, Brian shares his memories of growing up, moving schools and attending university. After his father gained permanent employment in the Civil Service, Brian and his family moved from the idyllic peaks of Derbyshire to the thriving capital of London. It was here that Brian discovered his ability for languages, receiving an excellent education in both English and French. The family later moved to Leicester where his education suffered, failing to build on his promising start in French, but instead involving him in the world of science. Brian went on to win a scholarship to study mining engineering at Birmingham University where he spent the first three years of the war. Now a young adult, Brian was taken into the army, later seeing active service in Burma, relying on his strong Christian faith to guide his behaviour, his words and his actions. Tokens of Youth will appeal to those who enjoy reading autobiographies, particularly those set in the 1920s and 1930s.

The story starts with the author's birth in 1920 at Chinley in the Peak District of Derbyshire. The unusual history of Chinley is traced, as is that of the author's family, about which unexpected discoveries are made. The importance and influence of quarrying in the Peak District are explained, and the author's support for that industry is vindicated.

Education at Latymer, London, and at Wyggeston, Leicester, is compared and contrasted. An adventurous introduction to the mining industry is described, followed by an unorthodox arrival at the University of Birmingham and three wartime years of enjoyable but exiting experience there. The final chapters deal with the author's development in the Christian faith, and his enthusiasms for music, art and sport.

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Brian Fish

Brian Fish was born into the turmoil at the end of the First World War. His arrival coincided with the importation of jazz from the USA. He enjoyed the dance band era as a teenager.

He attended two secondary schools, one much better than the other. He went to Birmingham University on scholarships, and endured that city's worst war years, 1939-42.

He was called up and was commissioned in the Royal Engineers. He saw active service in Burma, and survived great heat, many diseases and a savage enemy.

His subsequent career included periods as an explosives engineer, a research scientist, a managing editor of journals and director of a professional body.

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