Gallery of author Andrew Norman

The Author - Andrew Norman

The Author - Andrew Norman

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Winchester, 1946: an early success. The author aged 3 dressed, reluctantly, as a cobbler in a fancy dress competition; for which he won first prize.

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The author with his first toy: a steamroller!

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Christ Church Primary School, Lichfield, 1951: Headmaster, Mr E. Moore (left); the author aged 8 (middle row third from left); Miss Harrison, form teacher (right).

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June 1952: extract from author's school notebook, with a star awarded to him by his beloved teacher Miss Harrison. A rare event!

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January 1953: the author aged 9: extract from his diary whilst a boarder at St Chad's Preparatory School, Lichfield, Staffordshire. Not a happy time!

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Midsomer Norton Grammar School, Rugby XV, winter 1959. Headmaster E. C. C. Wynter (left): author (second from left), shortly after recovering from severe neck injury sustained on the field of play.

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October 1962. Mother Jean, and the author. Attired in his new college blazer, he is nervous as he prepares to go up to Oxford.

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'Eight's Week', Oxford, summer 1963. The author rowing 7 (behind stroke) for his college, St Edmund Hall's IIIrd Eight.

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The author's first literary success: a poem entitled 'Old Friends', published by The People's Friend, 30 January 1999!

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The author's father Christopher Arthur Norman, HMI and staff inspector, who instilled in his son a love of poetry.

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Agatha Christie: The Disappearing Novelist: 14 December 2006 the author addresses the Yorkshire Post Literary Luncheon Society on the subject of Agatha Christie.

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Thomas Hardy: Christmas Carollings: 'At Dorchester' Watercolour painting by Henry Joseph Moule (1825-1904). Henry was the son of the Reverend Henry Moule, vicar of Fordington, Dorchester, who baptised the author's 'Norman’ forebears in the 1840s. Henry Josph’s younger brother Horatio ('Horace'), was a dear friend of Thomas Hardy.

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Enid Blyton and her Enchantment with Dorset: Gillian Baverstock, daughter of Enid Blyton with the author, 2004.

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Enid Blyton and her Enchantment with Dorset: Gillian Baverstock to the author, 19 December 2005.

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Tyneham: A Tribute: Miss Helen Taylor, a former resident of Tyneham (where she was a seamstress) in 1995 at her home in Corfe Castle. She was subsequently a resident of the author's nursing home in Swanage.

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Tyneham: A Tribute: Carol Service at the Church of St Mary the Virgin, Tyneham, 21 December 2003, marking the 60th Anniversary of the evacuation of the village.

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The Story of George Loveless and the Tolpuddle Martyrs: Arthur Jordan, the author's father-in-law (by his second marriage), who was instrumental in reinstating the Tolpuddle Martyrs' Festival and Rally after the Second World War.

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The Story of George Loveless and the Tolpuddle Martyrs: The Right Honourable Tony Benn and the author, Tolpuddle Martyrs' Festival and Rally, July 2006.

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The Story of George Loveless and the Tolpuddle Martyrs: The Right Honourable Tony Benn to the author, July 2006.

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Father of the Blind: A Portrait of Sir Arthur Pearson: Marya Egerton-Warburton, great-granddaughter of Sir Arthur Pearson, founder of St Dunstan's, with the author.

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HMS Hood: Pride of the Royal Navy: Fred White of Weymouth Dorset: a new recruit to the Royal Navy, Portsmouth, 1936.

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HMS Hood: Pride of the Royal Navy: Fred White, 1999: crew member of HMS Hood in the 1930s and with whom I was proud to be acquainted; with his painting of the great ship.

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HMS Hood: Pride of the Royal Navy: Thomas McLaren, RAF Wick, Scotland, 1941. As a member of RAF Coastal Command he escorted HMS Hood on her final voyage. Thomas is a valued friend of our family.

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HMS Hood: Pride of the Royal Navy: HMS Hood Commemoration Service, Church of St John the Baptist, Boldre, New Forest, 16 May 2004.

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HMS Hood: Pride of the Royal Navy: The author at Boldre Church with William Stone of Watlington, Oxfordshire, aged 104 in 2004. Stone was once chief stoker on HMS Hood.

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HMS Hood: Pride of the Royal Navy: The Right Honourable the Earl of Jellicoe to the author, 16 June 2006. Earl Jellicoe's father John, commanded the British Fleet at the Battle of Jutland.

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Purbeck Personalities: the author with Mary Spencer Watson, sculptor of Dunshay Manor, Purbeck, Dorset, 2004.

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Bournemouth's Founders and Famous Visitors: Captain Lewis Tregonwell, the founder of Bournemouth. Courtesy of Julia E. Smith.

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Bournemouth's Founders and Famous Visitors: Julia E. Smith of Edmondsham House, great great great great granddaughter of Captain Lewis Tregonwell, to the author, 8 February 2010.

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A Brummie Boy goes to War: the author's maternal grandfather Thomas Waldin, featured on the front page of the Birmingham Post, 13 October 2011. A 'Brummie Boy', he was blinded at Ypres in December 1915, during the First World War.

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A Brummie Boy goes to War: His mother Jean, by now a widow, to the author, on receipt of his biography of her late father Thomas Waldin, published in 2011.

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A Brummie Boy goes to War: His mother Jean to the author, in which she refers to the author's 'misfortunes' - i.e. his back injury and consequent end of medical career - as having led to his becoming an author.

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T. E. Lawrence: Tormented Hero: The author with Lord Montagu and the famous motorcycle on which T. E. Lawrence sustained his fatal accident, on display at Beaulieu, 6 September 2004. Photograph of Lawrence in background.

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Mugabe: Monarch of Blood and Tears: Derek van der Syde at Mutoko, Zimbabwe, in 2012, visiting the Mother of Peace Community for orphans (whose parents had died of AIDS).

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Robert Mugabe's Lost Jewel of Africa: a picnic at Ferny Creek, Gwelo, Southern Rhodesia, 1957: the author, his mother Jean and his father Chris.

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Robert Mugabe's Lost Jewel of Africa: Gwelo, Southern Rhodesia, The Chronicle, 3 September 1958. The author (centre) about to embark on a schoolboy expedition to the eastern districts.

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Corfe Remembered: Bob Richards (late-turn signalman) and Arthur Galton, railway signalmen at Corfe Castle, Saturday 1 January 1972; the day that the last train ran, and two days before the Corfe Castle line was officially closed. Photo: Peter Frost.

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Jane Austen: Love is like a Rose: Diana Shervington, great great great great niece of Jane Austen with the author at Lyme Regis. Mrs Shervington was kind enough to allow him to include images of Jane's spectacles, mittens, and rose cockade with egret feathers, which she wore to commemorate Nelson's victory over the French at the Battle of the Nile.

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Robert Mugabe's Lost Jewel of Africa: Thornhill High School Gwelo, Southern Rhodesia, the author's former classmates with python!