Brian C. Rushton

Biography

I served 5 years as a fireman with Liverpool Fire Brigade in the latter half of the Sixties, then 2 years with Salisbury Fire Brigade in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) which forms the main topic of my book. I thought it needed to be written because it was such a different world, as I saw it in those days. There are several books of memoirs available about British brigades but few about foreign ones where the procedures, customs, and priorities were so different to those in Britain in those days; but even more so to most people in today's PC climate. At approximately 23,000 words it is a fairly slim book, but I've resisted the temptation to pad it out by fictionalising some of it, partly because I haven't the imagination for fiction, but mainly as this would have destroyed the book's integrity and relevance.
The final 35 years of my working life were spent with Hereford & Worcester FRS as a firefighter in the latter half of the Seventies, the Eighties and Nineties, then as a breathing apparatus technician through the Noughties.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born and brought up in Liverpool, England, just after WW2. I think Scousers (Liverpudlians) always have something to say!
When did you first start writing?
I always enjoyed writing essays at school because I found that English was one of the few subjects I was reasonably good at.
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Books

My Passage to Africa.
By Brian C. Rushton
Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 22,950. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2012. Category: Nonfiction
This is my true account of a journey to southern Africa with two of my friends in 1971, and my experiences whilst working for a fire brigade in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). There are many amusing anecdotes, but most of the humour is derived from the differences in the eras over the past 40 years, especially in today's PC climate. I hope this tale will interest, amuse & amaze the reader.

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