Troubador The Song of the Rose

Released: 28/05/2014

ISBN: 9781783064359

eISBN: 9781783066315

Format: Paperback/eBook

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The Song of the Rose

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The Song of the Rose is a historical novel about the pioneer airmen of the Royal Flying Corps, set on the Western Front during the First World War. It's the story of fictional character Joe Graham, an educated working class lad who, having started his war in the trenches, first becomes an observer and then eventually a Sopwith Camel pilot during the period 1916 - 1918. The story is full of his adventures with real and imagined characters and encompasses the great battles of the Somme and Passchendaele as observed from the air. It also deals with the big questions around the conduct of the war, the unimaginable waste of millions of young lives and the unpredictable hand of Fate that took so many and spared so few.

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Colin Brown

Colin Brown was born in 1925 on the outskirts of Ryton village in Northumberland into a hardworking, well-educated coal mining family. Although he escaped the mines, he lived and worked his whole life in the North East of England, mostly in shipbuilding. He was married for sixty years to his wife, Mary, had two children and died at the age of 87 – as predicted.

Colin was a musician, a sportsman and a natural storyteller; he was also a fatalist with a powerful sense of his own destiny. He wrote The Song of the Rose entirely for his own enjoyment and therefore wasn’t the least bit shy about writing himself into history alongside some of his greatest real life heroes – many of who were dead before he was born.

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