Derek’s story so far…

Shortly before my first adult non-fiction book went to print, it dawned on me that writing it had been the most satisfying thing I had done in my professional life. No surprise then, that I went on to write a second, and then a third!

Here are the books I’ve written so far:


front-of-jacket-300-wideBirds in a Cage

Since my first non-fiction book for adults was published in  2012, a number of people have been in touch. Some were relatives or friends of the POWs, some had other information about naturalist POWs.

Birds in a Cage is published by Short Books, and available in paperback from most bookshops and online.

ANIF cover thumbnailA Nazi in the Family

The title gives a whopping big clue about the subject of my second book, published in March 2015. It’s led to so much more than just words on a page – I’m now a frequent speaker on Holocaust issues.

A Nazi in the Family was published in paperback in September 2018.

A Tale of Trees

My third book, A Tale of Trees, (published in 2016) is about nature, with a healthy splash of history thrown in.

Did you know that Britain managed to lose more than a third of its ancient woodlands in just 40 years after WWII? How and why did it happen? This book tells that story.

RSPB books

Here’s a little set of wildlife books I wrote a while ago specifically for under sevens.

RSPB booksThe First Book series, published by Bloomsbury, had sold more than 100,000 copies the last time we heard!

The personal touch

Derek signs a book at a book eventIf you are seeking a signed copy of one of my books (perhaps as a gift), please email so we can discuss your requirements.

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