Multi-published historical writer Kev Richardson has a way of bringing the history of his homeland, Australia, up front and personal. In his latest work, A WELCOME WAR, I was notably impressed with his astute presentation of a young lad’s impressions and compulsion to follow the happenings of World War II. From a ten-year-old’s impassioned sense of wonder, to his later assessments as a young man of eighteen, he recounts his personal translation of the war that changed his life. The book includes many captivating memories from his younger years and his recorded impressions of the exciting historical happenings of war.
Kev Richardson presents his own bio as a schoolboy of ten confused by the changing colors on his war map, as countries continued to change hands during WWII. It became his first passionate effort to record history and the war that influenced the rest of his life. Yet A WELCOME WAR also gazes into the heart of a boy growing up to discover the pleasures of scouting, swimming, hiking… and girls… dancing, and kissing.
This account, which lists accurate dates and war-time impressions, verifies this writer’s dedication to discovering and disclosing the truths in history that have in the past been purposely hidden. This enchanting biography of his own youth is not to be missed.
If you love history, I highly recommend you read all of Richardson’s extensive historical writings about the First Fleet, and the men and women who populated the shockingly hidden history behind the penal colony in the beginning years of New South Wales, all available at www.wings-press.com.
5 Star Review!
Conger Book Reviews, USA
Following a career in business management at international level, Kev attained a degree in journalism, to then sweat as far up the River Nile as one can get, canoe down the Amazon, flash countless photographs from atop the Eiffel Tower, the heights above Yosemite, the Victoria Falls, et al, scream “Ole!” at a Chihuahua bullfight, ride elephant trails in Thai jungles, wallow in the incredible history of Rapa Nui’s Maoi—and as convention almost demands, was mugged in Bogotá. His articles on travel to exotic lands have featured in travel and airline magazines around the world.
Meanwhile, being a sixth-generation descendant from Australia’s First Fleet with an obsessive interest in his country’s founding, he was disappointed at generations of suppression in the hidden truths of that history. Years of fact-finding, with the help of other dedicated researchers, revealed all, and Kev vowed to set the history books aright by bringing the truths of convictism to light. He is well qualified to do so, for as a student of First Fleet history, he has presented his subject on many occasions in press, radio, and television interviews. He is a past president of The First Fleet Fellowship and a past secretary of The Descendants of Convicts Inc. During Australia’s 1988 Bicentenary he officiated in Founding celebrations in Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart, and Norfolk Island. For his work during that Bicentenary, he was created honorary life member of The Regiment of Redcoat Descendants.
Kev now devotes his life to writing on not only his country’s convict history and general fiction with an Australian flavour, but biographies of significant people. He recognises the growing trend towards digital reading, so follows the world’s top authors in publishing his works both as traditional paperbacks and the economical eBook.
His Gurrewa (two books in the series), Brogan (four books in the series) and his Letitia Munro trilogy, all released by Wings-Press (www.wings-press.com), include awards-winners and five-star reviews. Synopses of all works can be read on www.kev-richardson.com. Three biographies are contracted for release during 2010.
These days Kev travels less, having retired from his home on Queensland’s Gold Coast, left his grown family and friends, to write from experiences and adventures during his exciting travels, happily ensconced in the foothills of the Golden Triangle in amazing Thailand’s exotic north.