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To be published in September 2018 to coincide with the final year of the Great War Centenary, Quentin Falk’s latest book, Mr Midshipman VC, tells the true story of a young naval officer who survived the hell of Gallipoli in 1915 only to die accidentally just three months before the Armistice in 1918 aged 23. In conversation with Alex Stanger, Quentin discusses his career and his latest book .

Quentin is a former film critic and magazine editor and regularly hosts popular author and film events for the Wooburn Festival.

Alex Stanger is a long standing reporter and journalist for the BBC.  She is currently a Video Journalist - making short films on a wide variety of subjects about Entertainment & Arts for the BBC's website

Wednesday 19th September 2018 at 7:00 for 7:30pm

Bourne End Library, Wakeman Rd, Bourne End SL8 5SX

Tickets £10 including Bourne End Library reception with Prosecco and canapés.

Book signing will follow the main event

Quentin Falk - Mr Midshipman VC

Of the thirty-nine Gallipoli Victoria Crosses arguably none was more deserved than the medal earned by George Leslie Drewry.

At just 20, he was the first officer of the Royal Naval Reserve to receive the nation's premier award for valour when part of the landing on V Beach at Cape Helles, where he was also wounded.

Accident-prone, he had survived falling into a bog as a child; he was knocked over by a car; as a novice merchantman he fell from the rigging of his ship and on another occasion was shipwrecked after rounding Cape Horn and stranded on a deserted island.

Tragically he died at Scapa Flow shortly before the end of The Great War, having just taken command of his first ship.

Quentin’s book explores Drewry's short life and war experiences drawing on vivid contemporary reportage, the young man's letters home and colourful literary accounts in prose and poetry. The enthralling result will appeal to addicts of real-life adventure and military historians.

Quentin Falk has been a show business journalist and film critic for more than 40 years, reviewing for, among others, the Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph and the Sunday Mirror.

He has written nine books including Travels in Greeneland: The Cinema of Graham Greene, which was short listed for the BFI/ Mobil Film Book of the Year Award, acclaimed biographies of Anthony Hopkins, Albert Finney, Lord Lew Grade and Alfred Hitchcock, and True Life Crime, The Musical Milkman Murder, a 1920 cause célèbre.

Quentin, whose passions include golf, cricket and family life, has also travelled widely interviewing cinema stars, past and present, from John Wayne and James Stewart to George Clooney and Meryl Streep.

Alex Stanger is currently a Video Journalist - making short films for the BBC's website.

Her career at the BBC has taken in all aspects of the newsroom - presenting, producing and editing.

Having started off as a broadcast journalist on BBC Choice's (later to be renamed BBC3) Liquid News, she went on to present BBC1 and BBC3's Liquid Assets, before helping to create the News Channel's Ents 24, co-presenting Your News and making the red button and website's Entertainment Loop.