ABOUT THE AUTHOR
JOHN L. D. BARNETT had some varied and illustrious, and not least exciting career choices, before he retired in 2002 at the age of 55 after working 25 years as a heavy haulage Tanker Driver Class 1, in the Petroleum industry. After leaving his Secondary Modern School at the end of 1961, he worked in the steel industry in Sheffield South Yorkshire England, and attended higher education classes at the Sheffield Granville Collage, where he was awarded the City and Guilds higher education certificate. At the age of 17.
The author enlisted in the British Army, serving with 24th Missile Regiment Royal Artillery for 2 years before transferring to the Royal Military Police for a further 7 years, serving on Front line action stations in BAOR, Middle East, and the Far East.
After retiring from the Royal Military Police at the end of 1970, the Author secured a job working as the Chief Security Officer for HRH Sheik Isa Bin Salmon Ruler of Bahrain and its Independent States, eventually returning home to England where I found employment as a 2nd Engineer with the deep sea fishing fleet, sailing out of the port of Grimsby. It was there that he met and married his beautiful wife June, and had two children together, both of whom are now married with their own children, and they have now been very happily married for 38 years.
After 3 years sailing with the fleet all through the Icelandic Cod Wars, John settled down ashore and took his class 1 Heavy Goods Licence, becoming a Petroleum Tanker Driver for Burmah Castrol, and then Q8 Petroleum until his retirement. John’s hobbies included canoeing, waterskiing, Judo, and motorcycling, but due to four major operations which left the author with severed nerve endings, he has now taken up writing and illustrating books with cartoons, and have to date completed three biographies, entitled “NO PAIN NO GAIN!”, “THE SEA IS MY GRAVE”, and “YORKSHIRE REBEL Part I & REDCAP FOREVER Part II” (A two part autobiography).
Book Description – “NO PAIN, NO GAIN” Available at Amazon.com
This is a true to life story, beginning with the author’s vivid childhood memories of the 1950s, all through his Military Service and highlights the hardships suffered at sea, during the Cod War trawling days of 1973, when fishing out of the port of Grimsby was not undertaken lightly. It describes how, after leaving the fishing industry, he obtained his HGV class 1 licence and his lorry driving experiences, which were both colourful and humorous. It continues to highlight his ongoing experiences until his retirement at the present day, which gives substance to the title of the book; “NO PAIN, NO GAIN!”
Book Description – “THE SEA IS MY GRAVE” – As articulated by John L. D. Barnett
Available in Kindle and Paperback at Amazon.com
“The Sea is my Grave” is a self published non-fiction rendition and a wonderful insight into the professional life and personal story of our Author’s own father, that of Bill Barnett; a decorated member of the British Royal Navy Submarine Service. I took the liberty to show it on our Author’s page anyway, as it is a wonderful work that deserves to be promoted.
The work gives the reader a bird’s eye view of what our British Naval serving men and officers had to tolerate, particularly those who served under those claustrophobic conditions on Submarines, whilst in pursuance of the enemy might at sea. It puts the reader very eloquently into the middle of John’s father’s life. The work will captivate any history-searching reader, covering the 60 years of Bill Barnett’s professional and domestic life. It displays nearly 100 authentic photos, letters and military writings. The work is a historical event, describing much of the action which transpired during World War II, as well as covers details of Bill’s personal life trying to raise a family at intervals; whilst away serving in the British Navy, and the events and adventures that transpired fighting for King and Country and Great Britain’s cause in their collective the fight for freedom. Not only for the British peoples, but on behalf of all our Western allies, as the conflict and quest for world domination by our German and Japanese oppressors gradually and insidiously encroached upon all of European nations, Russia and then spreading to the USA. The American War Effort Aid came none too soon, as WWII escalated, and the Japanese surprise bombed Pearl Harbour – which proved a little bit too close for comfort to our American allies. The title of the book “The Sea is My Grave” became in a sense Bill Barnett Sr.’s nemesis, as the sea claimed his life providing his final resting place. His ashes were ceremoniously scattered when given a submarine funeral.
John’s story about his Father is intriguing, frank and honest, and is an eye-opener about Bill Barnett Sr.’s life, as well as some insight into the lives of and the rest of the so many heroic serving men, who likewise became victims of the sea, and lost their lives to it. We are hoping that this book may offer food for thought for all those who may read it, and poignantly show that so many gave their lives during the passing of our two major global conflicts of WWI and WWII, but are not forgotten. So that future generations might live their lives in peace and freedom void of the presence of an occupying oppressor; thanks to their predecessors who fought and sacrificed their lives on behalf of future generations. Clearly the Author did his extensive research, and brought to life much historic detail of Bill Barnett Sr.’s era, of which much secret detail will have been kept under wraps in the historical Naval archives away from public viewing, until now. However, now almost 80 decades on, much today about WWI and WWII has been brought to light already by the unearthing of old and forgotten records of the many factual accounts and horrendous atrocities that were committed by the enemy during that grave period in our human history.
Today, we are living in an age of ‘enlightenment’ and the ‘public awareness and total accessibility to information’. Our present day generations born in the 50’s, 60’s and onward to 2015 are becoming more aware about our political and military history as well as the more recent conflicts around the globe that are brought to our attention daily via the Internet. We are all aware of the numerous Military, Navel and Air force campaigns that have been deployed and made history in years past, and the various conflicts experienced with other cultures that are still today being suffered and fought on both sides. Not only has the public been made aware and are given insight to yesteryear’s two major World Wars, but hundreds of minor and and lesser commonly known political conflicts which yielded millions more casualties than our 2 major World wars combined, that until not so long ago were public knowledge have been brought to our attention through our Television news reels, and where the Internet became a very public component in bringing awareness regarding the various conflicts existing today, and which are negatively affecting all nations of the globe. Our current involvement with Middle Eastern conflicts are continuing to be in the news daily; and which are on the up rise in this, our 21st Century – when we ought to have learned something from history and know better that indeed massive losses of human fatalities, and the continual destruction of infrastructure robbing ordinary citizens of a normality of lifestyle, is not acceptable and must not be tolerated in any passing and future generations’ human life span. Life being such a precious gift instead, must be nurtured and secured under sacred wraps. Making our peace with our neighbor, irrespective of cultural or nationalistic traditions and differences which must be respected and reciprocated, is of the utmost priority and the only solution to changing our world, and the preservation of the entire human race forever.
Undoubtedly, “The Sea is my Grave” offers a harsh ‘reality lesson‘ in military history and gives all discerning readers, both young and old, some honest and factual insight of what life was like for these officers serving the war effort on a submarine. It gives a full picture of how Naval submarine serving personnel coped on a daily basis, with the hardships that were associated with serving on a WWII Submarine. “The Sea is My Grave” is the first of 2 other books soon to be released by the Author, titled “A Hero to Die For”; “Dive Silent, Dive Deep” and “Yorkshire Rebel” – The Boy Part I, and “Redcap Forever” – The Man, Part II, a two-part rendition of the Author’s own fascinating life in service. In which he richly regales and reminisces about his life as a typical English youth born, bred and educated, whilst growing up in Yorkshire, England, during the 1950’s., who as a mature man became an officer of the most feared division fo the British Army (as they were looked upon by our regular serving men and women in the British Army), that of the British Military Police known as, the Redcap Division.
The Author, now also a grandfather himself, has also written and illustrated a wonderful selection of Children’s books. He is most prolific and his imagination, sheer genius, knows no bounds. Both educational, the books are a delight for both young and more mature readers, and the colorful and humorous illustrations are a feast to the eyes. Titles which the author has now completed are soon to be published, however, the first in a series of wonderful reading material for our younger readers, titled “The Wonderful World of the Frizz the Bee” Volume I, of a series of 6 books, can be purchased from Amazon.com. We shall keep you posted on the rest of this amazing and lovely series of books.
Join Friz the Bee on one of his many adventures in the first book of the series: “The Wonderful World of Friz the Bee”. Will Friz ever learn his lesson and grow up?
Below, check out the cute slideshow he made…
OTHER UPCOMING CHILDREN’S BOOKS TITLES WRITTEN AND ILLUSTRATED BY JOHN L.D. BARNETT ARE:-
– “Nutty Neighbours” – A wonderful children’s educational book written and illustrated by John L. D. Barnett – Soon to be Published by Sarah Book Publishing – Texas
– “Poppy Finds a Home” Book I in the Series – Written and illustrated by John L. D. Barnett – soon to be published
– “Bertie Barge” – Written and illustrated by John L. D. Barnett – soon to be published by Crimson Cloak
– “Cloggs” – Written and illustrated by John L. D. Barnett – soon to be published by Crimson Cloak
BOOK WRITTEN BY OUR OTHER AUTHOR L. G. LANDERS – BUT PUBLISHED BY JOHN L. D. BARNETT ARE:-
– “The Incredible Bucky Berrot” – A wonderful educational children’s book written by our other amazing Author E. G. Lander – Illustrations by John L. D. Barnett.
A must read book (the first in the series) for all young readers and even adults alike:-
Product Description – Available at Amazon.com in Kindle and Paperback
Deep in the dark, tangled jungle of Western Australia, the Berrots have lived for hundreds of full moons, always making sure they bother no one and obey their often outdated, even harmful laws. They’re always in a fearful state, afraid of their natural enemies, the eebees and the giant neon flies. Into this world is born Bucky Berrot. Bucky wonders why his town is like it is. Why does Bayberry Hills have so many dumb laws and why can’t the flock make peace with everyone? His story is about how one bird changes everything, learning from all his wonderful adventures. He even learned about his God. After all, why can’t a bird believe in God? This is not just a children’s fantasy story. Bucky teaches us all about doing things right and always “flying in everyone else’s wings”. E.G. Lander was born in the tiny village of Deer River in northern Minnesota. His parents owned a fishing resort where his entire family entertained the guests. It was there that E.G. first found the joy of telling stories, watching his father narrate tales about the lake, the animals, the weather, the local Native Americans and much more. E.G. decided that one day he, too, would be a storyteller. His first work was a recounting of what God did for him after his wife died, entitled An Email From God. A year later, he finished What’s in the Rear View Mirror, a family saga (that made it to #1 in its genre on Kindle). That was followed by Damn It, Wake Me Up, an unbelievable story of revenge. Then his grandson (Connor Shelander) had some ideas and a request. “Papa, I’ve got a story in my head, will you write a book with me?” That is how Bucky Berrot was born, by the two of them, with its foundation being the magical imagination of a nine-year-old. E.G. and Connor co-authored this colorful and heart-touching story of how one small bird can teach us all how to care for each other.
BOOKS BY OUR AUTHOR PETER N. BERNFELD – BUT ILLUSTRATED BY JOHN L. D. BARNETT ARE:-
– “The Legend of Tim Turpin” – A wonderful work of clever satire suitable for both children and adults created by our other author Peter N. Bernfeld
Illustrated by John L. D. Barnett
– “The Terrific Adventures of Trembling Tim the Two-Toned Tiger” – A wonderful work of clever satire suitable for children and adults alike also created by Peter N. Bernfeld
Illustrated by John L. D. Barnett
CLOGGS EDUCATIONAL PROJECT
About the illustrated Children’s Project – “THE CLOGGS”
Series: The Cloggs
Paperback: 28 pages fully illustrated by the Author himself
Publisher: Crimson Cloak Publishing; First edition (October 20, 2015)
Ever wondered how bread is produced? Casper and Claudia Clogg buy corn from a local farmer and grind it into flour in their windmill near Amsterdam. Benjie the Barge transports it via canal to their bakery, where they sell the baked loaves in their little shop. Amusing pictures help to show a young child how flour is produced and made into bread. With a little help from the Cloggs’ cat Ginger!