However, Granddad rarely had anything interesting to say these days.
This was until he stumbled onto the subject of his youth growing up in a Yorkshire town during the Second World War. Suddenly, his world was alive with reminiscences of the past, resilient local communities and his eventful childhood during the war years.
Through Granddad’s youthful eyes, William could see how his family had survived those hard times through love and close relationships, something that even now echoed through time and would have a significant effect on himself.
Yet, it wasn’t all good times and war spirit; it was often death, tragedy and heartbreak. Looking back through rose tinted glasses, even some of ‘those good old days’ were not quite that.
Paul was born into a large family in Birstall west Yorkshire. After leaving school in 1998 Paul went on to train, firstly in art and design, and then musical theatre, which led to a long history as a stage performer up and down the United Kingdom.
After succumbing to illness Paul swapped the stage for a pen and rekindled his childhood passion for writing.
Paul became a serious writer in 2010 when he joined the Birstall Creative Writing Group. To date his biggest influences are the famed poet Seamus Heaney who heavily inspired his early poetry and the author Frank McCourt of Angel’s Ashes fame.
“A story more probable than fiction, CrossHairs holds the reader to the very end...and what an ending! Paul Barber reveals just how close and how real the enemies of America are. An intriguing novel saturated with deep insight into those bent on destroying our nation.”
***** W. Langston Kerr, Ph.D., Professor and Dean, College of Education, Stephen F. Austin State University
“CrossHairs is a riveting tale of modern American defense. Barber's ‘insider’ understanding of how the nation remains alert will keep you up late turning the pages.”
***** Archie P. McDonald, Ph.D., Professor of History, Stephen F. Austin State University. Author of, Texas: A Compact History; and, Back Then: Simple Pleasures and Everyday Heroes.
“CrossHairs, a superb installment in the political apocalypse genre, is sure to strike fear and controversy among 9/11 readers. Barber’s experiences guarantee credibility as he explores the depths of catastrophe possible.”
***** Sue B. Whatley, Ph.D., Professor of English, Stephen F. Austin State University.
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