Troubador Escaping the Ordinary

Released: 28/10/2020

ISBN: 9781800460126

eISBN: 9781788030670

Format: Paperback/eBook

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Escaping the Ordinary

How a Founder of the SAS Blazed a Trail at the End of Empire


“One of the most courageous men who has ever served his monarch and his country.” 
Lord Ashcroft, KCMG PC, military historian

The continuing story of one of the Founders of the SAS is set in the meticulously researched backdrop of Britain’s mid-20th Century default responsibilities in the Horn of Africa, Malaya and West Africa. The central role of ‘Gentleman Jim’ Almonds, ‘L’ Detachment, 1st SAS, in each theatre of operations and his personal adventuring make for authentic, gripping and inspirational accounts. He even designed and built a boat by hand in Ghana and then sailed it back to England. As Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE comments, “Almonds had no modern steering aids, no health and safety and no radio – yet an uncanny sense of direction.” The story is set in the dog days of the British Empire, with snap-shot detail of the many countries in which Almonds served and the ports he visited during his three-month sea voyage.

Much has been written about the British Raj but almost nothing about the British Military Mission to Ethiopia and the savage fighting which took place to subdue Eritrea so that it could be federated with Ethiopia under the Ethiopian crown. Britain’s success in clearing Communist terrorists out of Malaya is also largely unsung.

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Another fantastic book by the amazing author and her amazing father, gentleman Jim almonds is my all time hero, very brave and physically fit chap who could also build and construct anything, just fantastic, well done Lorna

by Jason Barrett

Another fantastic book by this amazing author about her fantastic father, a very brave and super fit chap who could construct anything, very talented man, my hero, very well done lorna,

by jason barrett

What a fantastic book again from this brilliant author, absolutely amazing chap her father was, so good in everything he did, fab.

by Samuel j

"What did you do after the war Daddy?" was the question Lorna A-W asked her SAS founder member father. The answer was a life of adventure, daring and determination with considerable personal risk. His triumphs in fighting Shifta bandits in Eritrea and communist terrorists in Malaya or canoeing down the River Volga and sailing the Atlantic from Ghana to England across the Atlantic ocean in home built boats are experiences which few other men could match. Lorna's account is good reading and it was books like this which made me join the army many years ago.

by Mike Spence

In more than some ways ecstatic to have read this book since I have a particular interest in British Malaya and Singapore.

I must applaud the author for her accessible and engaging prose style, for it did not intimidate or deter a general reader like me despite my lack of knowledge about boats or sailing. I haven’t enjoyed a biography quite so much in a long time! The stories are nothing short of awe-inspiring! Reading this book has been an exhilarating experience for me. Thank you so much!

by Asera Lim (via NetGalley)

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