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Robert Rycroft was born at Bradford, the once famous woollen capital in the then West Riding of Yorkshire. His father was an Erk, an ordinary airman in the pre-WWII Royal Air Force, who served eight years, many in Mesopotamia. Robert joined the RAF in 1952 as a Trenchard's brat, aircraft apprentice; another Erk! He served seven years, several on Canberra bomber squadrons, then was involuntarily retrained on Bloodhound MK I guided missiles.
He married in 1962, emigrated to Australia in 1974 and brought up three children, who subsequently married Australians. Robert and his wife, both Christians, currently live at Normanton, now in West Yorkshire, UK. They have dual citizenship. Now in their 70s, they enjoy holidays in Australia, catching up with family and friends.
His love of motorcycles, fast cars and aircraft, inspired Robert to write his first five novels in The Cartwright Saga series. Unsurprisingly, the main character is a hapless Erk called Ronald Cartwright, who runs foul of MI6 and the Australian ASIO.
on Nov. 30, 2011 :
A real Boy's Own Adventure novel, with our hero getting into all kinds of scrapes. It's fast-moving, with car & motorbike chases, villains & spies, as the Erk, an innocent abroad, goes from barracks to digs, from Manor House to market pub, rags to riches, never quite understanding what's happening, which is the real joy of the novel, as you feel it could happen to you.
(reviewed long after purchase)