Even the birds stopped singing: Fifty years of fun in the clouds

Charlie, an early direct entrant into the Parachute Regiment from Sandhurst in 1963, he served in 3 PARA, Recruit Company, 1 PARA and 4 PARA before taking early retirement in 1971 in order to set up a sport parachute centre in Yorkshire (he was already an accomplished skydiver) and learning to fly and instruct in light aircraft. Many exciting incidents while parachuting and flying were to follow over 50 years, all of which are amusingly recounted in his autobiography “Even the Birds Stopped Singing”.

These apart, Charlie went on to become (in addition to many other achievements) Chairman of both the Royal Aero Club and the British Parachute Association, founder and team leader of the Tiger Moth Diamond Nine Display Team, senior pilot of the Joint Services Parachute Centre at Netheravon, etc, etc. The list goes on and on.

This fascinating, well-illustrated book is available direct from Charlie by calling him on his mobile 07860-247485 for £17.50 plus £2.50 p&p in the UK. Payment can be made by credit card.


No Way Out: The Searing True Story of Men Under Siege

‘Fiercely immersive. Truly heroic.’ Tom Marcus, bestselling author of Soldier Spy ‘Vivid and brilliantly written: a pulsating account of the battle for Musa Qala, the Rorke’s Drift of our times.’ Martin Bell, OBE, war reporter In Helmand province in July 2006, Major Adam Jowett was given command of Easy Company, a hastily assembled and under-strength unit of Paras and Royal Irish rangers. Their mission was to hold the District Centre of Musa Qala at any cost. Easy Company found themselves in a ramshackle compound, cut off and heavily outnumbered by the Taliban in the town. In No Way Out, Adam evokes the heat and chaos of battle as the Taliban hit Easy Company with wave after wave of brutal attack. He describes what it was like to have responsibility for the lives of his men as they fought back heroically over twenty-one days and nights of relentless, nerve-shredding combat. Finally, as they came down to their last rounds and death stared Easy Company in the face, the siege took an extraordinary turn . . . Powerful, highly-charged and moving, No Way Out is Adam’s tribute to the men of Easy Company who paid a heavy price for serving their country.