To be published in October 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 an illustrated talk, local author Quentin reveals the short, accident-prone, life of George Drewry VC, a forgotten hero.
Quentin is a former film critic and magazine editor. He has written books on Graham Greene, Anthony Hopkins, Albert Finney and Alfred Hitchcock, as well as ‘The Musical Milkman Murder’, a True Crime from the early 20th Century. He regularly hosts popular authors and film events for the Wooburn Festival.
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.
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.
The author reveals 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.