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William Edward Thomas was born in West London in 1925. He left The Brompton Oratory School when he was 14 and started work as a messenger at the BBC. When war broke out, he went to work with his father at a factory in Harrow. While still a teenager, William joined the army and was soon recruited in to the Parachute Regiment. By May 1945, he had been “dropped” in to a number of key battles and become a much decorated soldier. He was still only 19 years old. Following the war, William served in Palestine until 1948. William has six children. As they were growing up, he was working and studying in shifts as a merchant seaman and an engineer. In his mid fifties, he decided to work full time as a lab technician at his Alma Mater, The Open University and remained there until his retirement. It was during his retirement that he decided to set himself the challenge of writing a novel. The Cypress Branches is the result. William's health started deteriorating shortly after finishing The Cypress Branches and he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2006. After a decade-long battle against the illness, William passed away peacefully in February 2014, surrounded by his family. He was 88.

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  • File Size: 1300 KB
  • Print Length: 349 pages
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  • Publisher: Acute Angle Books; 1 edition (March 13, 2012)
  • Publication Date: March 13, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007K8QM8E
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William Edward Thomas was born in West London in 1925.

He left The Brompton Oratory School when he was 14 and started work as a messenger at the BBC. When war broke out, his mother insisted he left central London and went to work with his father at a factory in Harrow. While still a teenager, William joined the army and was soon recruited in to the parachute regiment. By the time peace had been declared in Europe in May 1945, he had been "dropped" in to a number of key battles and become a much decorated soldier. He was still only 19 years old.

Following the war, William served in Palestine until 1948.

He has always believed passionately that education leads to opportunity. He has studied part time for both a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts degree and was one of the first students to enrol with The Open University.

William has six children. As they were growing up, he was working and studying in shifts as a merchant seaman and an engineer, working his way from factory shop floor to management. In his mid fifties, he decided to work full time as a lab technician at his Alma Mater, The Open University and remained there until his retirement. It was during his retirement that he decided to set himself the challenge of writing a novel. The Cypress Branches is the result.

William's health started deteriorating shortly after finishing The Cypress Branches and he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2006. Shortly after the book's launch in the summer of 2009, his health deteriorated to the point where he could no longer live at home. He is now cared for at a home in central Milton Keyneswhere he is visited by his wife Sheila and family members daily.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Man of La Book on July 14, 2012
Format: Paperback
Pega­sus Falling : Cypress Branches tril­ogy (Vol­ume 1) by William E. Thomas is the semi-autobiographical novel of the author who served as a British para­trooper in World War II. Mr. Thomas' book was self pub­lished by his grand­son, Mike Har­ris who is a copy-editor and proof­reader, repub­lished the book in three parts.

Cap­tain Stan­ley Adam Mal­com Parker, known as Sammy (S.A.M. Mal­com), is a British cap­tain in the Para­chute Reg­i­ment dur­ing World War II. Dur­ing oper­a­tion Mar­ket he was cap­tured but after attack­ing an SS offi­cer, was sent to spend the rest of the war in a con­cen­tra­tion camp. The same impul­sive­ness which has got­ten him to the camp also helped him to survive.

Naomi is a beau­ti­ful Jew­ess who has lost all her fam­ily to the gas cham­bers and is now used as a con­cu­bine of the Nazi com­man­der. Sammy and Naomi help keep each other alive dur­ing the hor­rors in the camp, but are sep­a­rated once they are lib­er­ated. Sammy, whose anger knows no bounds, gets intro­duced to the priv­i­leged diplo­mat Les­ley Anne "Car­rie" Car­ring­ton who is a beau­ti­ful, no non­sense lady. Car­rie and Sammy find their way into Pales­tine, serv­ing their coun­try while try­ing work their way out of the hor­rors they have witnessed.

Pega­sus Falling : Cypress Branches tril­ogy (Vol­ume 1) by William E. Thomas was an amaz­ing and emo­tional jour­ney through­out World War II and the after­math. The obser­va­tions made by Mr. Thomas are incred­i­bly accu­rate and stand the test of time, he makes intel­li­gent, thought­ful and remark­ably astute obser­va­tions about the way the super­pow­ers have divided the spoils amongst them, the orderly tran­si­tion of world power from Eng­land to Amer­ica and the redraw­ing of the world's borders.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By The Kindle Book Review on June 3, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
When I began this novel I believed it was going to be a war/Holocaust based novel and I was quite wrong. Although it begins in this period and both these events are central to the whole novel as it unfolds, this novel is much more preoccupied with the Jewish question and also the personal romantic love story of several of the individuals involved.
Captain Sammy Parker is one of those characters you don't forget in a hurry and as his story is followed throughout Arnhem, Matthausen Concentration Camp and then in Palestine, he is surrounded by other fascinating and interesting characters.
I am a huge fan of historical fiction, particularly that set during and in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War and I particular enjoyed the first part of this novel, which took place in those periods. However, in the second part we find Sammy in Palestine, close friends with a group of Jews, some of whom experienced the complete loss of their family life and almost their livelihood in Germany in the 1940s. The second half of this novel is harder going as elongated discussions between Sammy, his new found love Carrie and their Jewish friends reach some very deep and interesting political points.
Thomas has succeeded in creating an emotionally powerful novel which is full of wonderful characters, my favourite of whom is Carrie by the end, a woman in the unlikely role of a high position in the Foreign Office who becomes very close to Sammy and his friends. The end is also extremely powerful and fitting, however sad.
I would love to read further works by the author.

Beth Townsend - The Kindle Book Review
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By William on September 9, 2012
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I bought this book for my Kindle for a ridiculously low price and was rewarded many times over. The story line is well covered by other reviewers so I'll stick to my impressions. The characters are passionate and very well crafted by Mr. Thomas. The concentration camp experiences by some of the protagonists were horrific - and the author did a fantastic job of painting a very bleak inmate experience. No human should ever have to experience this. The book is very heavily laced with a political screed as relates to the UN/US creation of the State of Israel in 1948. The author is very careful to show the reader his strong doubt as to the validity of Israel's creation even as he has deep concern for the plight of Holocaust-era Jewry. I look forward to the next instalment in the trilogy - even as I regret that Mr Thomas - wasting away in his dementia - will never pen another work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lincs Reader on March 4, 2013
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I have been kept spellbound by this wonderful story, William E Thomas has an amazing way with words and has created a cast of characters who are warm and realistic yet still have flaws. He has taken much of the setting of this story from his own life experiences, and this shines through in his writing, only someone who was there could express such a real feeling for a place and an era.

Captain Stanley Adam Malcom Parker, aka Sammy, of the Parachute Regiment is the hero of the story. Captured during a daring battle with the enemy, he spends the rest of the war incarcerated within a concentration camp. Sammy is a brash, outspoken man, who hands out his own personal forms of punishment. It is his inability to keep quiet and accept what is happening that lands him in more and more trouble, but it also helps him to discover Naomi - a beautiful, mysterious Jewish woman who has had to sacrifice her soul in order to keep her life. Sammy and Naomi keep each other alive through the horror of this place, they are scared and they are desperate but their love somehow makes them stronger.
When, at last, the camp is liberated Sammy and Naomi become separated. Near to death, and angry, Sammy is interviewed by high ranking officials from the Foreign Service. And so, the reader is introduced to another strong female character; Lesley Anne Carrington. A woman from a privileged background who is strong, takes no nonsense and also beautiful.

The story follows Sammy, Naomi and Lesley through the end of the war and moves from Europe to Palestine, detailing the plight of the Jewish people as they struggle to find a place that can be their home.
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