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4.5 years Paperback – March 19, 2009

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Editorial Reviews


'It is criminal that such a significant and brave action by Scottish soldiers is not afforded its rightful place ... For that reason alone 4.5 Years is worth reading...an honest and realistic account of Dave's experiences as he relives them through the pages of his book.'
Scottish Association of the Teachers of History
'A fascinating Prisoner of War-Internee-Prisoner of War story. Dave's personality, technical skills, common sense and Scottish entrepreneurial attitude shine through.'
Don Marshall, Military History Enthusiast

From the Author

I was researching George Taylor's background for my book 'Faithful through hard times' based on his WW2 diary and I contacted George's brother to get family background. Dave said 'Don't you want to hear my war story too'? And so the book '4. 5 years by David Taylor' was written alongside 'Faithful through hard times'. Sometimes I felt like Churchill receiving news from the front, as I had Dave mailing me his prisoner-of-war stories, at the same time as I read of the bombing in Malta.

Dave's memoir is written exactly as he told it to me via email and I can still hear his voice when I re-read it, his indomitable, ingenious enthusiasm for life. When I wanted to know how a medieval paper-mill worked, for my novel 'Song at Dawn', I'd chat to Dave on skype and this 90 year-old would explain it to me while I doodled diagrams until I understood camshafts. 

The two brothers mention each other in their war stories and, if you read them both, you get a picture of how it must have been for a family during war-time. Dave insisted on the title '4.5 years' because 'that's exactly how much of my life was wasted and I can never get it back.' Reading his story, you can get caught up in the thrilling near-escapes, as if it were a film, but he never for one moment wanted anything other than to get back home. And yet, for both brothers, the war changed them so much that 'home' held nothing for them any more and they both travelled a long, long way from their Scottish roots, for the rest of their lives.

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