Not the Red Baron - One Pilot's Love Story

One man's story of courage, dedication, love and loss, Not the Red Baron is the remarkable story of Great Britain's last great barnstorming pilot - Robin Bowes. More

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About Geoff Pridmore

Geoff Pridmore always aspired to being a professional writer from primary school days when he excelled at English composition. But it wasn't until he was in his thirties that he began to write articles for press and magazines as a freelance contributor. The early 90s was a busy period for Geoff as he was not only writing, but also producing a documentary film and touring British schools as a Theatre-in-Education actor/writer performing his own one-man show that told the history of that most famous of English kings - Alfred the Great.

In 1995, he enrolled as a mature student at Falmouth College of Arts, Cornwall, to study Journalism. As an undergraduate he continued to write freelance articles and write HTML mark-up for some early websites, skills that he would find useful as the age of the Internet dawned. During this period, he was also a winning finalist in BBC Radio 4's Fresh Air Media competition for aspiring radio producers with a feature tape entitled: "Amateur Actors Talking".

Following graduation, Geoff found employment as an Internet copywriter and his first book entitled: "Teach Yourself Journalism" was published by Hodder & Stoughton Educational in 2000.

The idea for the biography "Not the Red Baron" had come from a fateful visit that Geoff made to the National Trust's Centenary celebrations at Stourhead, Wiltshire, where he was witness to a tragic flying accident during the summer of 1995. A strange series of coincidences led Geoff to researching and writing the life story of the pilot who'd been killed that evening at Stourhead, with the cooperation of the late pilot's friends and family. It took almost twenty years to complete, but by 2014 the book was ready for publishing, even though a conventional publisher could not be found.

Geoff says, "Publishers and agents generally liked the story, but its subject - pilot Robin Bowes - wasn't considered 'famous', so they all passed on the idea. Eventually, I decided to publish it myself in print form and promote it wherever I could. Now, I can also publish it as an E-book thanks to Smashwords so that it reaches a much wider readership.

"Robin Bowes had many, many fans across the world who loved watching him fly his various historic aeroplanes and although he wasn't as famous as some actors, politicians or sports personalities, he was very well known and truly loved and admired in the world of aviation. I've dedicated the book to the pilots who fly to earn a living at airshows and to those non-pilots who always look skyward when they hear a plane approaching."

In addition to writing books, Geoff is currently producing films as an independent filmmaker from scripts he writes himself.


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