Introducing – A Life of Choice


Part celebration of an anniversary, and part promotion of my longest running project.

It was 7th November 1969, on my 17th birthday, when I signed ‘on the dotted line’ and joined the British Army. On that momentous day 48 years ago I left the family home in Glasgow, Scotland. I took a train for my first journey to England. I wasn’t sure if I’d be gone for a week, a month, or a bit longer. As it turned out, it was a bit longer …


Not in my wildest dreams could I have envisaged the next stage of my life. Within the story are: violence, sex, alcoholism, humour, drugs, bullying, armed conflict and a lot more besides. Having since built a collection of books on modern warfare penned by the men and women who lived through it I have altered my tale of life in uniform in two ways.

First, I felt a greater freedom to expand on certain topics by making the work fact-based fiction.  I also wanted to focus on the humorous outlook of the average serving soldier and his progression – or lack of it. My view of soldiering is told through the eyes of a fictional character.

Secondly, I do not call this an autobiography; it is a five-part novel.

I have written a tale I’ve researched in considerable depth. The interesting ingredients are still there and in the same measure but with a more light-hearted view.

I sincerely hope it leaves a sense of intrigue and not frustration in the mind of the reader to ponder whether some events actually took place or are fictitious. The story is told from the point of view of a variety of ranks, and not all by a Private soldier, but if you choose to read this tale, you’ll see how I’ve achieved varying points of view.


If you should decide to take this journey I would ask that you read the books in sequence. Should you read my efforts please leave a review. My intention is to entertain and I’d like to know if I’ve achieved my aim.


The initial covers have been designed and produced by me. If you are not ex-military and you’re wondering what the three background colours indicate – they are the ‘Corps colours’ of the Royal Corps of Signals. There is a brief explanation within the story. I’ve used graphics and sub-titles appropriate to the stages of the journey.

Clickng on any cover takes you to the book’s individual page and the links to preview/buy. Clicking on the ‘series’ picture below will take you to the Anthologies page of my author website.


As 2017 draws to a close I am in touch with Aimee at Author Design Studio to arrange professionally-designed covers for the series. Next year I’ll be investigating the idea of producing the series in papaerback. There are many people who enjoy reading, but are not fans of eReading devices.

Many thanks for taking an interest in my work,


P.S. For those who like detail, the bio picture in this post was taken yesterday – 6th November 2017.

9 thoughts on “Introducing – A Life of Choice

  1. Hi Tom, Yesterday while I was putting a review of Amsterdam Calling on Amazon, I noticed Part 5 and downloaded immediately! As you know I have been with Jim since the beginning. I agree that the books need to be read in sequence. They really show the progression of an ordinary soldier and I have found them all fascinating. Can’t wait to read part 5! Congratulations on achieving your goal of the five Life of Choice books.

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    1. Sincere thanks to you, Barbara, especially for giving me such support throughout this journey – and a journey it has been. I know I’m a little bit biased, but I felt the effort when writing the final episode of Jim’s story. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it, and I’m looking forward to your thoughts.
      I’ve been so busy with this project I haven’t checked my reviews for weeks. Thank you for reviewing Amsterdam Calling. As a fellow author, you know how much it means to us. 🙂


  2. Happy birthday, Tom. By my maths that makes you 65 today – eligible for the UK state pension and all the perks that go with it, including a bus pass!
    I shall start at the beginning by downloading Innocence and Inebriation today.

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    1. Thank you for the birthday wishes, Frank, and I hope you enjoy the story. I’ve been online and dealt with all the state pension thing already, and I’ve organised a Senior Railcard (£30 p.a.), and it will be well used. I haven’t gone as far as the bus pass yet – mainly because my preferred method of propulsion is walk, cycle, drive … go by rail, and fly. 😀


    1. Hello, and thank you, Patrick. I would hardly call another thirty years ‘creeping closer’ …:D I do like the sentiment regarding the wine. Thanks again mate. 🙂

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  3. Julia Lund

    Happy birthday. Wishing you nothing but joy in all you do. Such a great achievement to get this series to part 5!

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    1. Hello, and thank you, Julia. Regarding the series-novel, to quote Vinny Jones – ‘it’s been emotional …’. 😀 The fifth part of the story was seriously emotional. It felt almost as if I’d lived through it personally … 🙂

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