December 12 2013 Latest news:
Monday, September 9, 2013
An Exmouth illustrator has lent his talents to a new account of the Korean War by a bestselling author.
David Chapman-Andrews, 79, who lives in Cranford Avenue, went to school with John Hollands, who in 1956 published The Dead, the Dying and the Damned, a war novel based on his National Service in Korea, which went on to sell more than three million copies.
Now John, who lives in Buckerell, near Honiton, has republished the novel, alongside a new book, Heroes of the Hook, which gives a more true to life account of his Korean War experiences.
To bring life to his new book, John asked David, a member of Exmouth Art Group, to produce a number of watercolour illustrations and drawings, which have been printed alongside the text.
David said: “For me it was a great honour to be invited to do it. I’ve always admired The Dead, the Dying and the Damned. It’s a tremendous read.
“He gave me some idea of what the terrain was like by sending me some black and white photographs, and then it was from my imagination.”
David, who describes himself as ‘an unsuccessful amateur artist’, says he did some painting at school, but only took it up regularly when he retired from his career as a maxillofacial surgeon in the RAF.
He says John was specific about what he wanted on a couple of occasions, but: “By and large he gave me a free hand and what’s in the book is the result.”
John Hollands’ books are available from booksellers and from www.johnhollandsbooks.co.uk.