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On The Table Read Magazine, “the best book magazine in the UK“, Beth Hindle’s Dad’s Book doesn’t just recount his life, but also the sacrifices made during the horrors of war, and asks when all became so entitled?

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Dad’s Book

Page turning biography, Dad’s Book by Beth Hindle, was written in tribute to her inspirational father. Rather than a saccharin walk down memory lane, Beth attempts to answer her father’s question of whether the sacrifice he and millions of others made in WWII in defeating Naziism was worth it, considering the self-obsessed and entitlement that is rife in society today.

Beth Hindle’s father was born shortly after the First World War, at a time when peace was thought to be guaranteed, and his exploits throughout his life rival any of today’s adventurers.

This is also a story of a romance told in the love letters he wrote to his future wife, examples of the values and service that defined by those of his generation, the trials of a working-class family, and how friendships support us through the ups and downs of life. It’s a story of a seemingly ordinary man who did amazing things throughout his life.

His history is all of our history. Why? Because the 20th Century with both its fantastic achievements and terrible destructive forces has shaped our today. How do we look back to the past to help us prepare for our unpredictable tomorrow? Answering that question is vital to us all. What can we learn from the past and his life to help our futures?

If you want to know how to live beyond the age of 99 with joy in your heart, then read this book. Share in the wisdom, stories, and adventures of a man living through the 20th century, who fought the Nazis first in Africa and then in Europe, never being able to return home in three years.

Beth Hindle’s biography is both eloquent and compelling, leaving readers questioning what we need to do to make our country once again, a better place for all.

Beth Hindle

Beth Hindle writes under a pen name. It was 1971 when her father suggested she should be a lawyer. The headteacher of her newly reformed comprehensive school replied that only boys from his school studied law. A productive and successful career in law, in public service including a judicial appointment, did follow eventually. The book is an expression of the writer’s massive gratitude to her father for being the perfect inspirational and challenging role model and never taking anything for granted.

My father died during the Queen’s funeral aged 99 years. His generation and values exemplified by the service of the late Queen and so many others who fought for his country he felt had disappeared with her death.

This is a book which looks back to see what we have lost and also gained. It  asks how we survive  now and into the future and make our country and world a better place for all of us. It tells of the courage and solidarity of the Lancashire Mill workers with those who were fighting the abomination of slavery in the USA Civil War. Justice and equality for all was their passion as the mills were silent without the raw material of cotton, and these workers and their children starved. Do we still have such unselfish instincts to change the world for the better?

The dad in Dad’s Book is my dad. My first published book,  I was initially driven to write it over many years to capture the many entertaining stories of my dad’s adventures throughout his life. It then grew into other areas.  Not much about me because I am not the interesting one, but I have written the book as an accessible and enjoyable read for everyone. For instance it will appeal to outdoor and sport lovers. A 110 mile almost gearless bike ride  up to the Lake District over Wrynose and Hard Knott Passes with a quick hike up to Scafell or carrying his bike over moorland and riding it where possible on trails ( there were no mountain bikes) was a fun day or two out for my dad.

Dad’s grandad was poached by Blackburn Rovers FC from Blackburn Olympic to take part in the FA Cup. His 17th century ancestor vicar was hounded out of his parish for being a Royalist during Oliver Cromwell’s reign. Just a few of the many entertaining stories, but also so much to ponder and think about.

-Beth Hindle

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