'“…Nor good red herring”'
Following a life-long interest in aviation and mid-20th century military history, William Morland embarked on a project to learn more about his father’s unlikely participation in the Korean War. What unfolded forms the backbone to this impressive 600-page book, which gives an insight into the workings of the Royal Navy, the Fleet Air Arm’s venture into electronic intelligence following WWII and a fascinating account of how a former scholarship boy ended up flying planes thousands of miles from home.
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“Having completed the manuscript to my book, I knew that although it contained everything I had sought to embrace from the story I wished to impart, it was still some way away from being what I hoped it might become and in all honesty, I had no definitive idea what that would be - a dilemma no doubt faced by hundreds of authors blessed, or should that be cursed, with the feeling that they had something to say. With the hints and ideas from the books in my library providing me with some outstanding examples to follow, including those I would be wise to avoid, before my book could appear next to them on the shelf the very least the work deserved were the attentions of a proof-reader and an editor.
In this UK Book Publishing were of the utmost help and assistance on every step of the way. Here my editor, Ruth, quietly and carefully imparted that ineffable sheen to the text, with a degree of care and understanding brought only to the task by one with a love of language.
From there the layout and final design of the book was accomplished by Jay, the company's design technician, a title that fails to convey the level of his artistic abilities or the empathy and enthusiasm he brought to the task of developing the text and accompanying images, into the handsome title it is today.
— William G Morland