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date submitted 01.07.2012
date updated 06.09.2012
genres: Young Adult, Biography, Harper True...
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New Horizons

Alison Harrison

Experiences of the Women's Royal Air Force in the late 1960's, encapsulating the discipline, pride and humour of forces life as a teenager.

 

Joining the Women's Royal Air Force at the age of just 17, Harrison captures the mood of the late 1960's, the fashions and music, and the disciplined atmosphere of service life. As she examines the minutiae of the daily regimen for cleaning the barrack block and maintaing the uniforms, humorous moments abound, from the terror of needle phobia to misfortune on the parade ground, and the excitement of taking part in the Edinburgh Tattoo before jetting off on a posting to Gibraltar, then the hilarity of a camping trip to Morocco. For anyone in the second half of their century, this book will bring back memories of a lost era, and for anyone under about 45, will reveal what life used to be like when we had more discipline, yet more freedom to express ourselves and be carefree.

 
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1960's, edinburgh tattoo, forces life, humour, sixties, uniform, women's royal air force

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Seringapatam wrote 491 days ago

I can so relate to a lot of this. It was superb. I performed in the Tattoo twice. 1979 in the PT Display team and 1984 in the gun race. A lot of what you write about is in my book. This didnt half take me on a trip down memory lane. It flowed so well and told a good informative story. Thanks for sharing it with us. Have a read of mine, you will so relate.
Sean

Seringapatam wrote 491 days ago

I can so relate to a lot of this. It was superb. I performed in the Tattoo twice. 1979 in the PT Display team and 1984 in the gun race. A lot of what you write about is in my book. This didnt half take me on a trip down memory lane. It flowed so well and told a good informative story. Thanks for sharing it with us. Have a read of mine, you will so relate.
Sean

Lenny Banks wrote 530 days ago

Hi Alison, I took a look at chapter 4, thanks for reading my book. Wow I love this, I believe we need more discipline and what you describe just in this chapter would make so much difference in people's lives. I have had military experiences myself and this bought back positive memories as I read it. My only suggestion is that I feel you could maybe flesh out some of the stories, it appears very clean like a report, you would probably raise more empathy if you describe the environment etc.. This is an excellent piece of work and I feel it is nearly ready for the shelf already.

Kind Regards and Best Wishes
Lenny Banks

patio wrote 589 days ago

You love uniform. I love your story. Its inspirational

high stars

strachan gordon wrote 590 days ago

Thankyou for backing my book , with best wishes from Strachan Gordon

Paperlady999 wrote 591 days ago

Dear Sue, Thank you for your very kind feedback and it is a good idea for me to review genres. Being a newcomer, I was not sure what to choose, but thought it might appeal to young adults as well as full adults because they might like to know what life was like before mobile 'phones and e-mail, and how much more disciplined life was in those days, not to mention the restrictions for those aged under 21. I will put your book on my watchlist. I have very much enjoyed the three stories I have read so far, and think you have a winner there! I will keep you posted once I have read the remainders. The one thing I am short of is time alone with peace and quiet to delve into authonomy.com Kind regards, Paperlady999

Paperlady999 wrote 591 days ago

Dear Strachan (or is it Gordon?), Thank you for your kind comments and encouraging feedback. I am sorry for the delay in replying, which came about because I have been having problems with my login and the temporary passwords that Authonomy kept providing just would not work. This meant I could not reply to people and could not edit my work. Thankfully this has now been resolved, so the minor typing errors have now been corrected and I have written down my new password! I will put your book on my watch list and give you feedback as soon as I can. Kind regards, Paperlady999

Paperlady999 wrote 591 days ago

Dear Lianne, You are probably wondering why I have not replied sooner. I have had problems with logging in and the temporary passwords that Authonomy kept sending just would not work. This meant I could not reply to anyone, and could not edit my work. However, today at last I have been able to log in and change my password, and the authonomy team kindly uploaded my revisions. Thank you for your kind comments and I agree about the need to add more dialogue. This was always in the plan, as you will note I had marked the book "incomplete" but as I had 21600+ words I was just keen to get it on the system and intend to improve it as the weeks go by. My brother has also read it and he pulls no punches - his only constructive criticism was that he felt it ended a bit abruptly. There is a reason for that and it will be resolved when I do some more editing. Thanks again and I will put your book on my watchlist once I work out how to do so - hopefully tonight. Kind regards, Paperlady999

LianneLB wrote 596 days ago

Your stories jump out the page, as your writing is lively and flows really well, It's the kind of writing you get caught up in and before you realise you've been reading for ages. They're lovely memores - the way you retold them kind of reminded my of the series Call the Midwife - tales of the past told from the perspective of the MC in the present. I'd maybe spread out your dialogue more - and maybe make it a bit more conversational - a lot of it is one sided - someone will say something, but then you describe the answer, or reply, we don't hear it. I think it would help the reader engage a bit more. But it's a minor point. It's a very enjoyable read.

Lianne
Big Girl Lost

rikasworld wrote 602 days ago

Hi, Alison, this is really polished and great fun! There are so many things I remember from my brief sojourns at boarding schools about then (I kept running away!) like making the bed with the hospital corners. Kirby grips! A name to conjure with.
A really entertaining read. Something that ought to be of interest to publishers as a reminiscence of a time and situation. Done with humour and great pacing too! Not sure it's YA thought, more for adults I'd reckon but that's just my thought of course.
Best Sue

strachan gordon wrote 605 days ago

Hello , an interesting reminiscence about a little known aspect of forces life and it is interesting to read about conditions and the nature of employment in the 1960s. Watchlisted and starred , would you be able to look at the first chapter of my novel 'A Buccaneer' which is set amongst Pirates in the 17th century , with best wishes from Strachan Gordon

Paperlady999 wrote 621 days ago

Dear Snow Lily,
Thank you for your kind comments, which are so encouraging to a beginner like me. You are the first person to have read any of my book.

I will have a look at your book as soon as I can find some peace and quiet.
Kind regards,
Alison

RMAWriteNow wrote 628 days ago

Hi Alison; I have just read your first three chapters.
You are one of those people who's love of something becomes just as intoxicating to others. I found your writing both a good read and highly interesting. You describe your reasons for entering the WRAF and background well. I felt your excitement and trepidation, (especially with the needles, me too) as though I was there. I can see your reason for writing this and to the right audience it will play well.
I wish you good luck and will star you well.
RMA
The Snow Lily

Paperlady999 wrote 628 days ago

Hey, looking forward to reading your book and bringing back lovely memories.
Kindest regards
John Life


Thanks, John. I have just made my book "go live". This is very exciting!

Paperlady999 wrote 628 days ago

Hey, looking forward to reading your book and bringing back lovely memories.
Kindest regards
John Life


Thanks, John. I have just made my book "go live". This is very exciting!

John Life wrote 628 days ago

Hey, looking forward to reading your book and bringing back lovely memories.
Kindest regards
John Life

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