In the social turmoil of present times, we need stories, and music which heals the soul, restoring the calm. Andrew is the best-selling author of A Separate Little War, and Heroes of Coastal Command, and has ghost written a cluster of military biographies for clients of Story Terrace, a London based entrepreneurial company that captures peoples life stories.
Andrew is a master of distinctly blending handcrafted words – into stories that move us and continue to win over audiences internationally.
Born in Berkshire, as a three-year-old, Andrew first picked up a pencil and began to draw. Twelve years later he was selling his finished artwork, yet he was unable to get into art college. Moving into graphic design, he began working out of Henley in Oxfordshire and had an eclectic client base. ‘To me they were ordinary clients that need my expertise,’ recalls Andrew.
He is being somewhat modest – they’re celebrities: George Harrison, David Bowie, Dusty Springfield, John Mortimer, Robert Hardy, James Ivory (Howards End), Rick Parfitt, Vince Hill, Rachel Goswell, then the rowing fraternity: Leander Club, Henley Royal Regatta, Jürgen Grobler, Steve Redgrave, Matt Pinsent. Then retail: Harrods, Waitrose & Partners, John Lewis & Partners, national newspaper The Guardian and GMG’s 14 regional titles. It was whilst he was with GMG that Andrew signed a book deal with independent publisher Grub Street for A Separate Little War which has continually been published. Andrew then signed a deal with Pen & Sword for Heroes of Coastal Command shortly afterwards moving to Pembrokeshire, where he currently resides.
Andrew has appeared on the programme We’ll Meet Again 60th Anniversary of VE-Day with Des Lynam (2005), Air Warfare with Petter Nilsen NRK (2005), War Hero in my Family with Lisa Faulkner (2012), World War One at Home with Nikki Mitchell (2014) World War One at Home with Nikki Mitchell (2015), World War One at Home with Janet Ripley (2016), and Men in their Flying Machines with Sally Taylor (2017)
He has participated in deep background research for Wall to Wall Media’s series for BBC Who Do You Think You Are: Kate Humble (Series 6), Robin Gibb (Series 8), Minnie Driver (Series 10), Bill Connolly (Series 11), Jane Seymore (Series 12), and Amanda Holden (Series 13).
Andrew is widely regarded to be authoritative on the maritime air war over European waters, in particular the RAF Strike Wing Campaign over Scandinavia. The 1990’s saw him interviewing roughly 300 Maritime Strike aircrews, WAAFs and ground staff, then interviewed U-boat commanders and Luftwaffe pilots based in Norway with JG.5 that intercepted the RAF’s maritime force in 1944/45.
Naturally, it makes sense to engage in a piece of work on The Maritime Air War; there are some intimate conversations between myself and the veterans which they kindly told for the very first time. So, I’m striping it down, then also giving a voice to the fighting men of the Kriegsmarine, U-boatmen and Luftwaffe.