Robert Rycroft

Biography

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, finally 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, now 80 in 2016, a Christian, still lives at Normanton, West Yorkshire, UK. He has dual citizenship.
His love of motorcycles, fast cars and aircraft, inspired Robert to write his seven 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.
Sadly, after nearly fifty three years happily married, Robert’s wife died of cancer in 2015. Understandably, the final novel, “Erk in Confusion” has been delayed until 2016/17. Per ardua ad astra; the RAF motto!

Books

Behold the King Cometh!
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 20,310. Language: English. Published: February 8, 2019. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Biblical Commentary / General, Nonfiction » Philosophy » Religious philosophy
Robert Rycroft updates his original Christian book in the light of 2019 U.K. and world events. Oddly, a whole chapter on pollution - moral and otherwise - is added. He asks the question: "Will you be in the King's army at Armageddon, or in Satan's army?" If the latter, you are in real trouble. The author, 83, knows which side he is on. Do you?
Erk In Confusion - The Blue Shoe
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 103,360. Language: English. Published: July 25, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
Set in West Yorkshire, England, Aberdeenshire, Scotland and Brisbane, Australia, this is author Robert Rycroft’s, seventh and final novel in the Cartwright Saga Series. The author has the unusual propensity of adding photographs to his novels. Surely somebody should have told him by now that, novels don’t have photographs?
Slogger
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 45,060. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Yorkshire Cricket Club was in a conundrum. The club no longer hosted the Ashes Series. The English test selectors were in a quandary. The Australians had put together a cracking team. They had a fighting chance to rob the Old Enemy of the Ashes. What could the selectors do? Enter Slogger. A creaky elderly chap in a flat cap asked to see the chairman." I’ve come to play for Yorkshire and England."
Erk Defies Death
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 116,060. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Ronald Cartwright, alias Donald Watmough, was banished by ASIO to the Queensland country city of Toowoomba, circa 1995. The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation have another job for our hapless ex-RAF erk. Payback time! Watmough adamantly refused, but capitulated when ASIO threaten to gaol his mate, Sebastian Pearson, for his part in the great uranium highjacking affair in the NT
Erk Down Under
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 107,600. Language: English. Published: May 24, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » European, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Ronald Cartwright and his wife, Daisy, were smuggled out of Yorkshire by MI6, to get them out of the clutches of a Russian mole. With names changed to Donald and Elizabeth Watmough, they find themselves spirited away to Western Australia. Under the supposedly watchful eye of ASIO, Don turns their initial £50,000 into A$ millions. Has the Cartwright Saga finally ended? Only time will tell!
Erk In Hiding
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 121,420. Language: English. Published: May 24, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » European, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Cartwright pals up with his schooldays friend, Deirdre, after his engagement to Daisy comes to an abrupt end. Deirdre uncharacteristically gets tipsy and attempts to seduce Ron. MI6 keep tabs on Cartwright, the hapless ex-RAF erk. The notorious communist agent, ex-RAF Sergeant Brassard, is incarcerated in Wakeford high security prison. Cover painting by Brian Lambert, Guiseley, West Yorkshire.
Erk On The Run
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 115,730. Language: English. Published: May 11, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » European, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Ron Cartwright's proposal of marriage is accepted, but a barmaid counters with a sudden leap year proposal. Ron's father, the landlord of the Runswick Inn, is taken critically ill. Sydney Barraclough, Ron's best friend, has appointed him estate manager of Carr Manor. The ex-RAF erk flounders with new responsibilities. MI6 announce alarming news. One of their agents Ron knows has been murdered.
Erk In Trouble
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 116,680. Language: English. Published: March 5, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » European, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
(4.00 from 1 review)
Ronald Cartwright narrowly escapes death, driving Calderdale TV & Electrical Ltd's van. Suspected sabotage! His job as service engineer is terminated, but not without some colorful interludes. MI5 intervenes when his arch-enemy, ex-RAF Sergeant Brassard, sends a killer to stalk him. MI6 sign up Ron, in a dangerous gamble to hoodwink the KGB, into believing Bloodhound III missile is in production.
The Yorkshire Erk
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 114,300. Language: English. Published: February 18, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » European, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
(4.00 from 1 review)
Ronald Cartwright is ignominiously discharged from the Royal Air Force in 1959, suspected as a communist agitator and nearly murdered on the orders of a demented SP - service policeman. Set in Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire in the halcyon days of no road speed limits, the novel initially opens in Brisbane, Australia. An Erk is RAF slang; aircraftsman groundcrew of corporal or lower rank.

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Smashwords book reviews by Robert Rycroft

  • One Woman's War on July 23, 2011
    (no rating)
    Eileen Younghusband has provided a long overdue account of WAAFs 'behind the scenes' in WWII. I was in the RAF 1952-1959. My heroes were the fighter and bomber crews of WWII. Yes, like many others, I knew what the 'plotters' did, but had no idea that 'filterers' were the vital input. I've just added a heroine to my list of those who saved me from Hitler! This book adds greatly to the history of Britain's struggles in the dark days of WWII. The book is very well written and the ebooks versions are well formatted. I have read it on a Kindle 3 WiFi and on a PC as Adobe Digital Editions and .pdf. All editions are a pleasure to read. Robert Rycroft West Yorkshire