In the four decades James has been writing he has produced more than a hundred books and articles, the subjects of which reflect his varied interests. When he is not writing James enjoys singing, playing and listening to music.
Who are your favorite authors?
Fantasy writers, especially those with a zany or nonsensical theme, such as Edward Lear, Lewis Carroll, Spike Milligan and the Monty Python Team.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
These fascinating paranormal incidents were experienced by my friend, Irina, and told to me over a period of two years. I am open-minded about all things paranormal and of a psychic nature, but these stories fascinated, and sometimes worried me.
A sun-drenched tropical island is probably the last place you would think of where gallantry medals might be won, but in 1867 five British soldiers risked their lives to land a boat and successfully rescue a party of their comrades from the clutches of fierce cannibalistic natives on the Little Andaman Island in the Bay of Bengal. An act for which they received the Victoria Cross.
The Crimean campaign produced a number of firsts and superlatives concerning the Victoria Cross. Among them are the first deed to be rewarded with the medal, the first man to be gazetted and the first to wear it, the most Victoria Crosses for a single action, and one of the most famous actions in British military history.
A graphic account of the defence of Rorke’s Drift, the battle made famous by the motion picture ‘ZULU!’ An isolated garrison of British soldiers successfully defended a field hospital and supply store against a ferocious Zulu army, which was vastly superior in number. With information taken from the JWB Historical Library, compiled over four decades.
Golf is at last being re-introduced into the Olympic programme, and with information taken from the JWB Historical Library, compiled over four decades, this publication commemorates and reviews the first ever Olympic golf match played at Paris in 1900. The tributes to the players who took part will surprise you.
This is a story that had to be told because it is the stuff of legend. The British Lions rugby tour of Australasia in 1914 was filled with drama and controversy, and produced arguably the greatest performance ever displayed in a sport arena. The Rorke’s Drift Test is still regarded as the greatest rugby match ever played. The work includes biographical tributes to the 26 British participants.
Concise biographical tributes and stories of the deeds of a selection of men who played a prominent part in the defence of Rorke's Drift against an army of determined and ferocious warriors during the Zulu War of 1879. The battle was made famous by the motion picture 'Zulu!'
A selection of brave and awe-inspiring deeds which gained gallantry medals, from Victorian epics such as the Charge of the Light Brigade and the Defence of Rorke's Drift to the George Cross and the Iranian Embassy siege. With a story of an unsung hero who was overlooked when the medals for bravery were given out. Also available in illustrated print format.
Published: January 15, 2014.
Nonfiction » History » War
With information drawn from official documents this extensively researched book provides biographical tributes and accounts of the deeds of a selection of men who were awarded the Victoria Cross for action during the Boer War of 1899-1902. With a summary of the conflict, a chronological roll of all 78 Boer War VCs and a useful bibliography for further reading.
With information taken from the JWB Historical Library, compiled over four decades, this book provides concise biographical tributes and stories of the deeds of fifty men who rode in the Charge of the Light Brigade at Balaclava.
This is an extensively-researched publication which provides concise and informative accounts of outstanding bravery with biographical tributes to military and civilian local heroes who risked their lives to help others.
Colonel Fred Burnaby is one of the greatest adventurers who ever lived and he was the kind of man on which romantic legends are built. A fearless dare-devil and intrepid traveller, he made two perilous journeys across Asia, and he became the first person to cross the English Channel single-handedly in a balloon. However, his first love was fighting and he was killed in action in the Sudan.
This is the eyewitness account of Edward Entwistle, who drove the famous steam locomotive 'Rocket' during the opening of the world's first passenger railway, and his long life in England and the United States. It is one of the most inportant documents concerning the early years of transport ever produced.
Published: September 5, 2012.
Nonfiction » History » American
Based on eyewitness accounts, this is a concise and informative description of the incident which came to be known as the gunfight at the OK Corral. The difficulty which ended in a deadly confrontation of firearms left six men dead or wounded and secured their names in the annals of America's Old Wild West; but why did the situation get out of hand?
Published: September 2, 2012.
Nonfiction » History » War
At Balaclava the Charge of the Heavy Brigade and the Light Brigade action provided two of the most famous deeds recorded in the annals of the British Army. This well-researched book contains biographical tributes and detailed accounts of the actions of the nine men who were awarded the Victoria Cross during the battle. With the Chronological Roll of all 111 Crimean War Victoria Crosses.
This concise and extensively researched document contains biographical tributes to thirty prominent victims of the Titanic disaster, with some of the most detailed eyewitness accounts. The tributes include Captain Smith, Lookout Fleet and Bandmaster Hartley.